Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What next?

What next? I have read the strangest stuff lately....

I read about a nudist vacation agency, based in Germany, where you get undressed in the plane on your way to your destination. Of course, you must dress again before getting off.... until you get to your resort. People like lady Di who are known to pack too much, would be able to travel light. I could never fly naked. Your butt on a dirty seat, & boobs in your tea.

Then there is a wanted ad from New York..... Wanted: rich older women interested in hot younger guys. Applicants must be over 35, earn at least $500,000 a year or have a minimum of $4 million in liquid assets, entrusted assets or divorce settlement.
That's the basis of a speed-dating event organized by a New York entrepreneur bringing together 20 "sugar mamas" and 20 "boy toys" vetted by an elite New York matchmaker.

I guess I can't apply, since I am married and oh yeah, I hardly make enough wages too.

And ain't it great to know that ~~Middle age is truly miserable, according to a study using data from 80 countries showing that depression is most common among men and women in their forties.
The British and U.S. researchers found that happiness for people ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe follows a U-shaped curve where life begins cheerful before turning tough during middle age and then returning to the joys of youth in the golden years.~~
The joys of youth in the golden years???? What kind of statement is that??? If you are confined in an Alzheimers ward, and have no paranoia, .....yes , ....maybe.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy 50th Birthday Lego Building Brick

It was in 1934 that the company name Lego was coined. They made wooden toys. The word came from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning "play well." It was only after the introduction of plastics, and the making of plastic toys , did they start to "play around" with building blocks. Ole Kirk Christiansen and his partner Godtfred introduced the first building brick 50 years ago. Later that year, Ole Kirk bit the dust and went to the Legoland in the sky, and Godtfred took over.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lots of Hot Air

Charles, the prince that is, is on the paper's front page. Today, it's official. He's been heir to the British throne the longest. 59 years and 74 days, but who's counting. Poor guy has been waiting since he's been 3.
The guy who invented the super soaker squirt gun, has a new invention. Johnson has made a breakthrough with solar power. Something about using the solar engine to capture waste heat that inevitably is lost when we generate power from gas, coal, battery, and other forms of power. Who knew we lost so much energy? I read the energy lost into thin air in the United States alone, is greater than the energy used in all of Japan.

Amazing stories, eh?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cooking with Love

Out for supper to Mrs. L's and the sailor tonight. We spoke of "cooking with love" and by golly, we must all be loved quite a bit. Dinner was lovely. Lasagna was like no other I ever had before, simply superb. And those famous creme puffs, topped with chocolate. I thought I would be smart and cut one in half. Mrs.Tiptoe told me I would end up having the other half, and she was right. A lovely meal indeed. The company was also wonderful, as usual. Lots of laughs and lively conversation. Learned a few things. Learned that being curious & headstrong surely stems from our childhood. It's none other than simply the way we are. We all experience such different things as we mature into adults, from a different time and different places, it's what carves us into who we are today . Some stories are quite unbelievable, and some stories pretty ordinary. Regardless, all life experiences, good & bad, I believe, help create who we are, and we should embrace it all.

Thanks for a great time.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Snail Mail

~~It's official. Postal delivery is as slow as snails, at least in Poland.
An IT worker, after receiving a letter on January 3 that was sent on December 20 as priority mail, calculated that a snail would have made it even faster to his home than the letter.
It took 294 hours for the letter to arrive at his home. He also said the distance between his home and the sender was 11.1 kilometers.
Given the distance and the time, the speed of the letter was 0.03775 kilometers per hour. And a garden snail travels at around 0.048 kilometers per hour.~~

Monday, January 21, 2008

Jay Leno Humour

Jay Leno: Saw a frightening statistic in the paper, this is unbelievable. What do you think the most widely read magazine in America is? It Used to be "Reader's Digest"! Now, it's "TV Guide"! "TV Guide" is now considered reading in America! ... When did this happen? I think it happened the same day ketchup became a vegetable in this country! ... "Are you comin' to bed, dear?" "Oh, in a couple of hours, honey. I just want to see who's on 'Cross Wits' for the rest of the week. ... I like the new ad campaign: "You need 'TV Guide' because TV's getting more complicated every day." ... Boy, you know there are people out there saying, "We'd like to watch 'The Dukes of Hazzard' -- we just don't have the educational background. ...

Oh, I always get annoyed when I see celebrities try to take advantage of the character they play on TV. Who's this guy, Chris somethin', does an ad for Vicks? "I'm not a doctor -- [raises a hand] -- although I play one on TV." ... Not a doctor?! Hey, pal, I've seen your show! You're not even an actor!

"Man in Russia lost his penis in an accident. They replaced it with one of his fingers. The good news is he can now zip his fly from the inside."

Gerdi Goodbye

A sad week for all the Bavaria Restaurant lovers. Gertrude " Gerdi" passed away on January 17th at the age of 53. The Bavaria, which closed it's doors on January 2nd, was my favorite restaurant. I loved their solomon gundy, potato salad, gin and tonic, and steak Madagascar, which I ordered every time I went. Even more wonderful was the atmosphere that Gerdi and her husband Ludwig created. You always felt like a welcomed guest at their home. On our last visit there Dec 30th, I inquired about some stemmed glasses they had hanging. I had noticed them there many years ago, and they matched the 6 I have at home. When leaving I bought 6 of them, and Gerdi threw in another 6 for good measure. We hugged. I thought of Craig as I hugged her. He enjoyed her so much, they spent many hours there, after a late supper, with the doors locked and closed sign hung. Sadly, they had cancer in common.
So when I use my glasses, I will forever think of Gerdi, and her kindness, and the wonderful hospitality of the Bavaria Inn.

Here's to you Gerdi !

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Loverboy

Yes, Loverboy turns another year older today. Many years ago, I met and got to know 2 very colourful characters . These women were so odd, and similar in many ways. Even stranger, was the fact that their birthdays were on the same day... January 20th. I often joked to my family and said, "Boy, I'd like to meet someone else who shares a birthday with those two, just to see if they are as weird."

You can imagine the initial "fight or flight" instinct I had when Loverboy and I were first dating and I calmly asked when his birthday was. I hardly slept that night. As soon as the sun rose the next day, I went over to mom's, and flopped in a chair. She sensed something was wrong. I told her " I met someone born on January 20th".... we all died laughing and the story still sparks a smile, especially today.

As for the results of my secret quest, I remind silent, for now. Ha Ha....

Thursday, January 10, 2008

It's about time

~~Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving in Nova Scotia will be banned as of April 1.
Premier Rodney MacDonald, whose government passed legislation in the fall to outlaw the practice, said his government wants to give Nova Scotians time to learn about the new rules.
"There has to be that time for people to be prepared," the premier said Wednesday.
Once the law is in effect, the fine will be $164.50 for a first offence, $222 for a second offence and $337 for subsequent offences.
Nova Scotia will be only the second province in Canada to have such a ban. Newfoundland and Labrador was the first.~~

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. .... quote by Nelson Henderson.

The lovely and giving municipality of Argyle must have been brainwashed by such a quotation. They recently gave a nice monetary gift to our neighbours, and it appears there will be no shade for us to sit under.
The chosen ones. Some have their eyes closed, some look the other way, some have their mouths closed tight, while others have their mouths wide open. Some have the ability to talk, lie, and sell wallpaper. Selling wallpaper to many who appear to have none pasted in their upstair room. I hear that F.A., as the sailor warned me about, seems to be top salesman.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


~~A newly discovered hunk of space rock has a 1 in 75 chance of slamming into the red planet on January 30, scientists say.
The asteroid, known as 2007 WD5, was discovered in late November and is similar in size to an object that hit remote central Siberia in 1908, unleashing energy equivalent to a 15-megaton nuclear bomb and wiping out 60 million trees. Scientists tracking the asteroid, initially put the odds of impact at 1 in 350 but increased the chances lately. ~~

The Greenwich Observatory writes the chances are now 1 in 28.

~~If the asteroid does smash into Mars, it will probably hit near the equator close to where the rover Opportunity has been exploring the Martian plains since 2004. The robot is not in danger because it lies outside the impact zone. Speeding at 8 miles a second, a collision would carve a hole the size of the famed Meteor Crater in Arizona.~~

Some comments to this news included concern of a ricochet effect, hitting our planet , or maybe the ocean and causing a tsunami. Other concerns were about landing in fertile lands in the USA and the poorly run US government no longer has a stockpile of food for such an emergency.

Myself, I am not staying awake with worries of the impact. It will surely shake up any aliens though.

Friday, January 04, 2008

January brain meltdown

Looks like I have been on vacation. Finally blogging again. I was very ill. Had PMS, and some other form of crankiness with it. Nothing uplifting or funny to share. I got over it, thankfully. I figure others are thankful too.

Here's my unproven theory on PMS and the major crankiness: if your breasts are sore, the PMS is mild. When you have no physical symptoms of the menstrual visitor, a tornado, your mental state is going to get you and anyone else in its path. I'm like a devil in camouflage.

So, now i am a happy bleeding blogger.

Christmas came and went. All was great & kids excited. Nanny made pomegranate martinis, which i enjoyed tremendously. The cook and i drank a few. The family had the armwrestling competition. My muscle bound Sis won. Took the title from Nanny. I am pitiful, but have The baby was fun to watch, and smartie pants worked for hours to release his new toys from the adultproof packaging. Travelled to the in-laws and had a nice time there with all the family and kids. Watch the grandparents open their gifts, some played piano, and some even danced. Had a little breakdown at the end of the day, after Santa came, because I missed my bro. Next year will be easier.

New Years eve was a quiet one. Loverboy had a bad cold, and there was definitely no lip smacking till cold symptoms subsided.

The weather has been chilly, and everyone you meet will remind you.... "sure is chilly today". It can get half annoying. Tell me something I don't know .... "My new winter boots are in at Sears" or "My neighbours cat is dead in the road." Why converse about extreme weather to people that you don't usually converse with?

Went to trivia with nanny and la Girl the other night. Was a very refreshing change, AND we did really good. scored 15 and 18 out of 20.

Stories I had enough of in 2007: unfit mom Britney Spears, and hit and run drunk driver Ernie Fage. The loonie made the news as did the Human papillomavirus, tasers, Virginia tech shootings, Harry Potter, lead painted toys, mumps, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and all other countries ending in -an. As you know I can be easily amused, one of My favorite stories of 2007 was about Cookie Monster. How he shouldn't be eating all those cookies, and he will be getting better eating habits. The "C" is for cookie tune may be banned. I don't know what the "remix" will be. "C" is for carrot, maybe, or cauliflower??? Corn Flakes could work I suppose. The blue eating monster should work on table manners if you ask me.