WOW… the last two levels of Halflife 2 were spectacular… Well done Valve! Kept me up. Late. Phew…crazy ending. Play it if you haven’t…
And yet another weekend blurs by… A few things going on. Foremost, it was B.’s birthday weekend. We planned on going to my parents for dinner and cake on Saturday. During the week I found out one of my oldest friends (former neighbour who I grew up with and now lives in Australia) was going to be back in the old neighbourhood. So… it was a bit of a juggling act on Saturday. Hardly ideal, but it make it easier than two trips to Niagara from Toronto. So we had B.’s dinner and cake, and later in the evening I visited with my buddy Jeff. Jeff has always been a social butterfly and knows how to have a good time. Pretty much immediately after arriving at his parents place we starting drinking. This continued until well past 2. We even walk several blocks to get to the closest pub and ordered two pitchers just before last call. It is rare indeed that I drink anywhere near that much, and even rarer that I drink that much beer. By the time we moved onto the pitchers I had to fly the white flag. I don’t enjoy beer that much anymore. I don’t mind one or two, but if I’m ‘drinking’ I prefer Rum or coolers. Beer generally has an adverse reaction to my disposition. *cough* It was good to see him. I met his 6 month old son (what a cutey… I wonder who the Dad is). It was a good time. It was a shame to have to divide the day up the way it was…neither event getting the true attention it warranted. That’s life I guess.
Sunday we did some gardening. We are adding in another new garden. 🙂 We chilled in the evening and watched MI3. It was a downloaded movie. The quality was pretty bad, just good enough to suffer though. The movie wasn’t bad. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a great villain. But uh, what was the rabbit’s foot?
The universal planetary club just got smaller. Poor old Pluto has been demoted from a ‘planet’ to a ‘dwarf planet’. I think they took away Pluto’s club pass to. Story Link What a shot to Pluto’s ego. The planetary outcast. Sniff… Sniff…
Well it is always nice to return to work to enter into a sudden short turn around project. It is good to be busy – I guess.
I played around with my home Server last night. At some point I should have multiple domains resolving correctly. I love Apache, it just works. I suppose *ack* Winblows doesn’t suck completely for web serving. There I said it. I still think that at some point I will switch to linux.
Hmm. When I come into work each morning off the Dundas exit on the 427 there is a guy there looking for handouts of money. He has a sign that something about being homeless, having kids, he is wearing a brace on one arm. It is almost over the top. Do you believe that he is sincere? I dunno. I haven’t given him anything yet. Some days I feel tempted to. At the same time the money could be going to drugs or booze.
Oh yes… my camera battery. Bloody hell. Well, somehow Canada Post returned it to my buddy in St.Catharines saying the address was wrong. He checked it. Resent it (didn’t change the address) and of course it arrived. It arrived a day AFTER I left the cottage. Thanks Canada Post.
Ha! Right after I posted my last entry B. found my clip-ons! The seats in her car fold down, some how they fell under the seat area below the seat. Phew. My eyes thank her. B. had one of her old school friends drop by with her two daughters yesterday. The kids seemed to enjoy themselves with the dog and the water. (Although the water was a little cold…) Another one of B.’s friends planned a boat cruise for the evening. (B. grew up in this area she knows a lot of people still here) I decided it would be interesting so I decided to join them. It was suppose to be a good night for seeing stars and meteors. And was it ever. It was a clear, cloudless sky revealing a breathtakingly beautiful sky full of stars and astrological delights. I figure I saw about six shooting stars (how many?) , satellites, the Milky Way, tons of constellations… it was just amazing. Something you would never see in Toronto. The cruise was on the Madawaska River on the boat named Maggie II, Captain Dave was a very gracious guide. It was an inspiring night… shame I was so freaking cold.
Thursday was quieter. We chilled out at the cottage most of the day. Early in the evening we went kayaking. Somehow I got a leech on my foot. Gawd leeches are gross. Fortunately it hadn’t began to drink my delicious blood so it came off easily. Blah. The sunset was gorgeous. Sadly I haven’t had the use of my camera the whole week. Somehow my battery charger got mixed up in on of my buddies bags from the Sibbald camping trip. He said he sent it last Friday… it still hasn’t arrived. It is disappointing knowing how many photo ops I’ve missed. Hopefully it will arrive today… the last day it can. We will be rabbit sitting B.’s cousin’s rabbit until Sunday. Of course our fearsome hunting dog is scared of the rabbit (and toads too…) Sigh. Cough.
Being at a cottage in the summer which is on water, of course, during the past several days we were in and out of the water to ‘cool off’. Well… our over protective dog would swim out to you and circle you for minutes on end. She go back to shore then make a bee-line back to whomever was in the water. We nicknamed her the ‘Tanga torpedo’. The dog certainly seemed to enjoy the water everyday.
All good things come to an end… we left Round Lake Sunday and stopped in Peterborough at my parent’s trailer. We didn’t intend on staying but my Mother (who has not seen me for a few weeks – enticed us to stay with Coconut Creme Pie…). Really she didn’t need to twist my rubber arm. It was a nice night with my parents.
I arrived at home to read an e-mail from my sister. Sadly she is moving to Edmonton Alberta with her husband who got a decent job offer there. It is a wonderful part of Canada, but selfishly I wish they would be closer. Now I’ll be lucky to see my sis a few times a year. Oh well , hopefully things will work out well for them out West.
I’m up at Round Lake at B.’s Uncle’s cottage on *gasp* dial-up. Wow… it has been ages since I was online at 28.8. I certainly remember why. Things have been very busy so far… The first few days we were at Glouster with B.’s aunt from Ireland. We left from the Honey Harbour area for Round Lake on Monday. It was a nice drive. We went a different route through Huntsville and across the bottom of Algonquin park. The Park looks amazing. I forgot how many hiking and biking trails there are there. I certainly want to return sometime soon. Yesterday was spend wandering around Barry’s Bay getting groceries and doing a little shopping. Fun how things are different when you aren’t in your own kitchen and you are trying to cook meals. Today one of B.’s school friends is coming up for the day. The weather has been cloudy. Today it is finally sunny. Haven’t done a whole lot so far. Chillin’ like a illin’ villian. Er… anyway… I think I’m going to go kayaking… the weather is finally nice enough to do so.
On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain
We’ll run away together
We’ll spend some time forever
We’ll never feel bad anymore…’
-Weezer Island in the Sun
Ahh ya! Holidays start tomorrow. I won’t be back into work until August 22nd. B. and I are going up to Round Lake to stay at her family’s cottage. I’ve been there before, it is a great area, clean lake. Should be lots of fun and relaxation, we have both earned it. Later. Hip…Hip…
Might and Magic : Dark Messiah certainly looks promising. The gameplay looks like fun too. Feels like Oblivion with more control over the environment and better lighting and physics. Phew.
After listening to Galloway’s speech at the US Senate it certainly makes one think. I certainly find it easy to believe that the media, Bush and Blair got in too deep and are wrong, lied and are covering it up. To quote Galloway : ‘If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to President Chirac who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq’s wealth….’ He is also opposed to the Israeli attacks in Lebanon citing Jewish media warping the truth of the war. He certainly sounds plausible. Is it possible that one man has it right and the world has it wrong? I can only imagine how quickly he will fade from popularity as the media stops airing him, which would essentially prove him right….
What a great weekend. It was ‘the boys’ camping weekend, this year we went to Sibbald Point. The weather couldn’t be better. Warm during the day, warm during the night. The site was awesome there were tall mature trees surrounding it. Six of us ended up going: Nivek, JJ, Captain, Ding and Chris. I heard about Absinthe
some time ago and figured this would be a good time to try it. Absinthe was interesting. Not what I was expecting. I’d describe it as a combination of
Zambuca, Scope and Tequila with a massive kick. We dropping flaming sugar into the drinks. The more you drank the better it got… the bottom of the drink was much better than the top. Or were my senses merely more acquainted? Not bad. NOt sure I’d get it again at $80 a bottle. No hallucination either… likely have to drink a lot, but wouldn’t that happen with any booze to some extent?
We kept busy during the weekend. Sibbald is clearly a popular location well known for its beaches. There were line ups of several kilometers to get into the park for day-passes. The beaches were fairly nice and extensive, there were several thousand people on them easily. The water was murky but not too weedy. We played volleyball quite a bit in the water. Other sports included a nasty game of hockey on the site lot, soccer and volleyball on the beach court as well. The evenings we primarily for fires and drinking. We were pretty tame I figure. Everyone is well past the ‘woohoo! I’m so drunk stage‘.
Nivek’s soccer ball exploded after being left in the sun. Pretty odd. We dubbed him Wilson and sacrificed him to the fire Gods. Many things were sacrificed to the fire Gods. On the second day we found a guy that sells hardwood just down the road from the park. What a difference it hardwood makes, it is well worth the drive. I found it odd not to see any raccoon, squirrel…no little land animals at all. And very few mosquitoes.
It was an egg-cellent time.