September 2nd, 2005


Happy gas news - NOT!

Gas is now selling for $1.41/L this morning - with exchange and conversion to those wacky US gallons, that works out to a tidy - $4.66/gal

I am one of those that thinks that gas *should* cost more, that people should consider their consumption, and higher gas will force the car industry to make more fuel efficient engines and invest in alternative technologies, but a jump of $.40 to $.50 a liter in 3 days is a bit much.

But now for some good news - the stock markets are having their highest closes since before 9/11 - gee wonder how that happened?



A blind man enters a Ladies Bar by mistake.
He finds his way to a barstool and orders a drink.
After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender,
'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?"

The bar immediately falls absolutely quiet.

In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says,
"Before you tell that joke, sir, I think it is just fair -
given that you are blind - that you should know five things:

1 The bartender is a blonde girl.
2 The bouncer is a blonde girl.
3 I'm a 6 feet tall, 180-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate.
4 The woman sitting next to me is blonde and is a professional weightlifter.
5 The lady to your right is a blonde and is a professional wrestler.

Now think about it seriously, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?"

The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head, and declares,
Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times.
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Hubby teaching

A couple of weeks ago, hubby contacted the head of the Alarms and Security Tech Program at the local community college. He graduated from this program in '96 and taught AutoCAD for a couple of years after that with them. General networking call, but it turned out they really needed someone to teach an intro to computers course. So he's got a full-year gig teaching a couple of hours for the program.

After he left, they had a great deal of trouble with the AutoCAD, and computers component of the course, and most of it was removed from the program. This means that many of the techs that are currently graduating can't do up proposals, create drawings, program panels remotely, work with DVRs etc. Hubby is going to work with the head of the dept to see what he can do to turn that around.

Anyways, he seemed kinda anxious before heading out today, I know he'll be fine, but sending good vibes his way anyways.

Knitting goodness

I have so many projects on the go right now. I am definitely an ADHD knitter. Off the top of my head, I can think of 5 sweaters, 3 pair of socks, and a baby jacket I have on the needles. That doesn't include the mountains of wool I have stashed waiting for projects. I have enough stickies stuck in books and magazines to cripple an army of knitters.

As I couln't think of 10 projects on the needles, I decided I needed to start 2 more. When I was on the knitting retreat this spring, I visited the Shrine in Kingston and ordered a bunch of Briggs and Little (or as I prefer - Briggs and Straton) and my knitwit buddies had given me a collection of patterns that were written specifically for this wool.

First off, I decided I would knit a lapghan for my mom's birthday (note lapghan on laptop):

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In case you're wondering, the patterned areas are maple leaves. It's really too bad I can't get a better pic of this. I'm about 40% done, and her birthday is Sept 23 *eep*

Next we have the shawl. Yes, I said shawl. It is a pretty awesome pattern, and my first attempt at kniting lace. I have 83 rows done, there are 361 in the pattern. This shawl will be 7' wide when/if it's done.

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I have used a sample of the shawl pattern instructions as the background for my journal. It really makes me bug-eyed.

The wool I'm using is really pretty, it looks rust, but there are greens and blues woven in.

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Hubby had to make a call to a customer's cottage tonight so he asked me to tag along, figured we would catch dinner in Westport and maybe do some shopping. Unfortunately, by the time he was done, Westport was locked up pretty tight. Rather than head back the boring way we came, we decided to tour the countryside a bit. We ended up on the main drag in Perth (pop. ~7000). Everyone was lined up on the sides of the street waiting for the parade to kick off the Perth fair. Hubby and I pulled over, grabbed ourselves a Timmies, plunked down on the curb, and watched the parade.

It was a hoot. I don't remember the last time I was at a parade, let alone a small-town parade. Everyone was hollering at their relatives in the parade, the Shriners were there, several pipe and drum bands, all the local businesses and politicians.

I had a riot just watching the kids enjoy it. I'm still smiling about it!
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