Thursday, June 30, 2011
I called back and got someone who sounded brighter. He talked me through a complete reset and everything worked until Norma tried to change the channel a couple of hours later and the screen froze. I did another reset like he had talked me through and it worked again. She switched to watch a DVD movie so I don't know if it is still working or not. I hope the serial resets fixed it but if not, it should be covered by warranty or my mandatory "multi receiver insurance policy" that I am paying $6 a month for. It will still turn out to be a good deal (I hope)!
EDIT: Well, still no luck! Norma watched the same channel late last night for a couple of hours but could not change the channel at the end.The guide worked and the cursor on the guide worked but it would not allow a channel change and the clock was frozen on the front display. I unplugged it for the night and did another hard reset this morning. A commenter suggested it might need a software (firmware) update and indeed it does, The CS rep told me to leave the unit turned off but plugged in overnight and it would update but I cannot get it unfrozen long enough to do that. More phone calls today!
I will take the advice that Bob gave me in a comment on the previous post and download and install the very latest FF version. I actually did not intend to update to FF 5 until all the bugs were worked out but for some reason FF moved version 5 from the recommended update list into their automatic update list. Like it or not, I updated before I wanted to.
I am posting from that Windows 7 machine..... Here goes!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
For my reference as much as anything, here is Donna’s post on this issue: http://2takinga5th.blogspot.com/2011/05/firefox-and-blogger-commenting.html
EDIT: It is only my Windows 7 machine having problems. I can post and edit from my XP desktop!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
John and Anita own a couple of houses in Xico and rent one of them to Leah, an American ex-pat and her Mexican husband, Saul. (NOTE: John has corrected this statement in the Comments. Sorry.) Leah and Saul recently met a neighborhood family and heard the story of the six young children in their house. The kids are distant relatives of the Mexican couple and were abandoned by their parents and left to fend for themselves. When they picked them up the kids were living in a cardboard shelter in an empty dirt lot. Their ages range from 4 - 14, three boys and three girls. The girls (11, 8 & 6) have all been sexually abused.
This couple are desperately poor themselves but are going to legally adopt these kids. Leah has taken it upon herself to help this family out. Read the story *here* and I am sure that, like me, you will be unable to resist pushing the "Donate" button on Leah's Blog. This is Mexico so your donation does not have to be large. A little goes a very long way. A Starbucks coffee for two costs six or seven dollars and the reward you will get from letting Leah work with even that amount will make it easy to make your own cup of coffee today. This family will make it but the kids have some immediate needs that must be addressed.
Here is Leah's Blog entry after she and Saul made some blankets for them and bought a few basic hygiene supplies. The "Donate" button is on the right hand side. Thanks! I do not and will not do this sort of thing very often but there is a genuine need here and we can all help, regardless of the amount. Thanks again!
I wanted to start installing the new receiver in the bedroom today but.... maybe later. I have to run an additional cable to the dish on the roof as the recording feature requires the second cable. It is not that big a deal but involves climbing into the attic and then onto the roof. I think I have a long enough cable in the motorhome.
Norma's deer found a new way to her flowers! They are staying away from the electric fence which seems to be doing it's job except in one place where they seem to be able to duck under it due to a depression in the ground. I will have to climb up there and move the wires down the post a little. We also watched one duck under the non-electrified gate across the driveway this morning. I never thought there was room there but there was. I slid the wire fencing material further down the posts and stapled it in place. We will have to watch it. They are determined to get at her flowers! It is an ongoing battle and they are by no means ready to surrender.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Norma caught the same thing about a day after me and is about a day behind me in recovering from it. She is convinced that it was the lack of sunshine this past winter that was responsible. We did not get our annual dose of Vitamin C! Whatever it was, it was pretty scary!
I actually made it out of the house last night to take the garbage down the 100 foot driveway to the street. It had to get out as we are now only allowed a half a can per week and all I needed was the Campbell River Garbage Nazis after me! They actually told us we had to either buy a smaller can or else draw a line a foot down the side of the old can and to keep the garbage below that line. It completely exhausted me to take the garbage and the recycling bin down there. I really can't remember the last time I felt like that.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I now have a headache, sore throat and stuffed sinuses! The Holly Trinity of sickness! I will survive but our trip to visit Brooks and LindaLee is on hold. I am staying in bed.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
My niece Robin from Alberta and George are in Campbell River for a few days so there goes my chance to recover from the inevitable jet lag :) :) I always have fun with Robin and George so it will be an easy transition!
OK, they have just announced a Gate change so I have to take a walk! That is the problem with traveling on the cheap!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
We met her son and his wife at the cottage on Thursday, two of her daughters visited today and the other will be here tomorrow. The oldest daughter lives nearby and was here when I arrived and will be returning Tuesday after a weekend retreat with her friends. I will see everyone! They all have busy lives and some live far away and I really appreciate them making the trip here to visit!
We are a great family!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
It has happened before but the big difference this time is the "social media" and all the posts on Youtube showing the faces of those responsible. London Drugs was looted after their windows were broken. Everything was stolen EXCEPT the video surveillance equipment! London drugs has high quality photos of the faces of 200 looters and is working with the police to put names on these faces.Maybe this time it will be the perpetrators who will pay for the damage instead of consumers and taxpayers!
Surprise, surprise! This morning finds hundreds of ordinary citizens out helping to clean up the mess. They have brought shovels, brooms and bags with them, This is what Vancouver is really all about!
We had a bet on the outcome of the finals and we agreed that the winner could post on the other person's blog...hence me guest writing here on Croft's blog.
Congratulations Boston! It was a hard fought battle between the two best teams and Boston prevailed after losing the first two games. Both teams were playing injured and without the services of some of their best players, a testament to the toughness of these athletes.
Thank you, Vancouver Canucks! You have given us a very exciting year of hockey and came just short of taking the championship! Your fans are ready for another great performance next year! Thanks for the fantastic run, we are still with you!
A Deal Is A Deal!
My friend Les was so sure Boston would win that he offered me a "Guest Post" on his Blog if the Canucks won! I was so sure the Canucks would win that I returned the favor. Les, a fellow Mexico traveler has his own Blog.
His post will appear on my Blog shortly.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Mason Raymond is in the crowd with a back brace! Great inspiration for his team mates! I can not believe it! Aaron Rome gets suspended for the rest of the season for an open ice hit on a player who was not paying attention and then Boston's Boychuk holds Raymond's head down and drives him ten feet backwards into the boards. breaking his back. No penalty, no game misconduct, no review, no suspension.
Go Canucks!!!!!!!!!!! You have earned this!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The problem was the flight left two hours late! They had some problem with the gate and then after we were boarded we had to wait almost an hour for the fuel truck. It was now about 1:00 AM and we had a crying baby on board! It was going to be a long flight!
I was napping and watching the movie with one eye when the stewardess came on and asked if there was a doctor on board! There did not appear to be one and I could not see what the problem was. She asked again with no result. I was thinking about telling her I had Industrial First Aid training with a long expired certificate but then realized the flight crew probably had similar training. My training was more along the lines of broken limbs and stabilizing patients than in medical emergencies so I would have been a hindrance anyway. I expected we would have been making an unscheduled landing to add a few more hours onto the flight but the crew seemed to get things under control and we carried on. No ambulance met the flight so all must have been well.
A $100 cab ride later, I was at my sister's door in Waterloo. I had a coffee with her and then retired for a three hour nap. By noon Toronto time I was up and acclimatized to the time zone.
We went down to the mall and there was a Canadian Virgin kiosk selling Virgin Broadband! Not as good a deal as in the USA, I paid $80 for the hardware and 1 GB of data for 1 month is $50. 1 GB is not much but I do not need the card very often. I had a bit of a problem installing the software as it was conflicting with my USA Virgin program but once I uninstalled the USA software, away it went.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
At least YVR has fast FREE WIFI!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I do not know what the Internet situation will be there. My sister does not have Internet, as she does not even have a computer! Can you imagine not having a computer??!! I will take my Hawking dish so I am sure I will be able to find a signal to "borrow" in her residential neighborhood. If not, there is a coffee shop within walking distance that is sure to have WIFI.
It still might be a day or two before I can make a post. I am looking forward to my visit!
EDIT: For those wondering, no, I am not flying Air Canada which has been served Strike Notice by it's workers. I am flying on Sunwing, a charter airlines with very little leg room!
It is not funny to say you would kill your children if they told you they were gay!
It is not funny to use the "n" word, even if you are black and even less funny to use the term referring to your own children!
It is not funny to tell bullied kids to "man up and quit being pansies"!
It is not funny to say that "Being gay is a "choice"!
Tracy Morgan is not funny. He is an ignorant, knuckle dragging homophobe and should be out looking for a new job, preferably something out of the public eye!
No Tracy, I do not accept your half-hearted "I'm sorry I got caught" apology. Way too little and way too late.
The organization, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays doesn't sound particularly impressed with Morgan's apology either. From the PFLAG blog:
“At a time when bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth is at an all-time high - when kids are being assaulted, are dying - to joke about committing violence against a child is outrageous and reprehensible. As a celebrity, Mr. Morgan needs to understand that his words have power; inciting violence against gay and lesbian kids in the name of comedy – stating that he would stab his own son to death if he was gay – is absolutely unconscionable. A simple apology is not enough – Mr. Morgan must take meaningful action to prove the sincerity of that apology,” said Jody Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Anyway, it does not matter! Luongo got his shutout and Vancouver only has to win one more while Boston has to win two. Advantage, Canucks!
EDIT: A comment by my friend Les, who is a soccer referee, has led me to add a little to this post. I generally agree with Les and seldom get too angry about questionable calls. They happen and no, I would not like to take the place of an on ice official. As I see it, the officiating has tended to be a little harder on the Canucks than on their opponents.
The suspension of Aaron Rome is one example. Yes the hit was a little late and the other player was hurt. No hockey fan wants to see any player injured. However, the hit was only a second or two late and if Nathan Horton had have been watching where he was going and not looking away admiring his pass, he would have seen the hit coming and could have defended himself against it. It was not a blind side hit and Rome does not have the reputation of being a dirty player. That is the first rule kids are taught in hockey, keep your head up and know what is going on around you. Rome was given a penalty and a game misconduct and that should have been it. The four game suspension was designed to remove him from the series. I do not believe there was any intent to injure. This was not the only late, hard hit in the game but it was the only penalized one.
My wife does not think there should be any hitting allowed, period. Other players should only be allowed to try to knock the puck off the stick of the player in possession of it but they should not be allowed to touch the player. I am not sure what this new game would be called, but it would not be hockey.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
|Item||2009 – 2010 |
|2010 – 2011 |
|Groceries, Liquor (see note)||3589||3560|
|Admissions and Tours||102||155|
|Camping Fees (see note)||3691||3080|
|Other Travel |
|Cost Per Day||$97.37 / day||$106.82 / day|
Well, that is quite remarkable! The winter in the USA cost exactly the same as the previous winter in Mexico! Some important notes are:
1) These figures are in Canadian dollars which were worth about 10% more this year. If I were using USA dollars, this year would have cost me about $1,741 more for the Winter or about $10.68 more per day.
2) We drove quite a bit further in the Mexico year. I did not keep records but probably at least 20% more.
3) The “Groceries and Liquor” classification covers everything we bought in grocery stores. This would include groceries, liquor, cleaning items, magazines, toilet paper, etc.
4) We boondocked MUCH more in the USA this year and stayed for a whole month at our friends in Florida for free. If we had stayed in RV parks every night the figure for this year would have been much higher, probably $1000 - $1500 higher.
5) We were away 17 days longer in the Mexico year than in the USA year. 180 days in Mexico and 163 days in the USA.
6) We dined out WAY more in Mexico. In Mexico we probably averaged one meal per day out, usually lunch or dinner and often both. In the USA the meal out was usually breakfast and the average was less than once per day (maybe 5 - 6 times a week). Restaurants are much cheaper in Mexico.
7) We entertained much more in Mexico as well and this is reflected in the “Groceries and Liquor” costs. Groceries are much cheaper in Mexico and the fact that we spent almost the same each year means we bought a much higher volume of these items in Mexico.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
On the home front, we have not had a deer in the yard since the electric fence went up. Norma made a fence out of non-electrified chicken wire that she pulled across the driveway so there is no way in for them. Problem is, there is no way in for the newspaper woman, the letter carrier or the meter reader. It keeps her running to let them in. I am staying right out of it. If I see someone heading up the driveway I call Norma. I was the one who actually liked the deer!
Monday, June 6, 2011
Back to the Game!
Well, this was embarrassing.... Oh well...... I never was one to say we would win in four straight games! We do not want to win in Boston anyway, it will be way more fun in Vancouver.
I must take part of the blame for this humiliating loss. I was watching by myself and did not feel it necessary to wear my new Luongo shirt. I will not commit this error again. I will wear the shirt!
Norma finally reached her breaking point the other day when the deer ate about $50 worth of freshly planted flowers in her garden while she was downtown for a haircut. She has tried everything including bottled blood, expensive sprays and me peeing in various corners of the gardens (that caused quite the flurry amongst the ladies in the condo next door)! Nothing worked! The deer were dining at will and the food just kept coming. Norma's Free All Night Deer Diner is open for business, everyone welcome.
Brooks and Linda were up on the weekend and she got them to install an electric fence! The parts cost a little under $200 and they ran three strands all around three sides of the property. She wanted him to continue across the driveway but we talked her out of electrocuting the early morning newspaper delivery woman so that is left open for now. I don't think many deer come in from the highway side anyway but she is trying to think of a way to block it off at night. I think Brooks and Linda might be back to install a sliding chain link gate sometime soon.
The morning after the electric fence was installed Linda was awakened by the sound of a deer screaming outside her back bedroom window so the fence seems to be working! We have gone three days now with no flowers being munched so the smell of victory is in the air. Or is it burning deer flesh? That would put a smile on Norma's face!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Many are saying the Canucks will win in four straight but I do not think it will be that easy. I still predict Vancouver in five or maybe six.
Today I am a little under the weather from having too much fun last night. My downfall was when I pulled out the bottle of tequila that our friend Les dropped off when he was here. It just tasted too good!
Here is Burrows just after his winning goal! A very funny thing just happened. Les just posted that the Bruins had won!!?? I think Les needs a new TV!
Friday, June 3, 2011
This can happen if you do not reboot as soon as the installation completes. By chance I was watching and rebooted as soon as it asked if I wanted to so the Microsoft Gods were smiling at me tonight. I am up to date!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I was watching the news tonight and a remarkable statistic came up. The majority of Americans now support the right of same sex couples to marry! Yes, a majority! And in some States, a huge majority! New Yorkers support Same Sex Marriage by 58 to 36%! The other 6% have no opinion.... How can you have no opinion?
Anyway, the tide has turned in this latest Civil Rights battleground. All across the USA people are coming to their senses and realizing that the arguments presented by "The Sky Is Falling" alarmists are exactly what they appear to be: empty arguments. It does not threaten opposite sex marriage, your marriage will not be declared invalid. School kids will not be taught that Obama will force them to marry someone of the same sex, your kids will not be taken away from you and given to a same sex couple to raise. And no, it will not lead to your being allowed to marry a horse no matter how deep your affection. In other words, the sky is not actually falling.
It is not much of an issue here in Canada. Same sex marriage has been allowed since 2005 and I have never heard of anything negative coming out of it. It is no big deal here. I have no personal stake in the issue but I support it because it is the right thing to do. Most of my gay friends do not seem to be too interested in getting married. I can understand their hesitation after they have had all that time to watch the effect of marriage on their straight friends. Anyway, if they ever did get married, it would be one heck of a party!
Obama is still sitting on the fence on the issue. He is still saying "god is in the mix" and that he supports something "almost", "sort of like", "just about" real marriage although he also says his opinion is "evolving". Not good enough! It is all or nothing! This is your last chance to get on the right side of history. Change is very near. Evolve already!
Here is a chart showing the change in public opinion in the USA since 1988 . Pretty conclusive.
It is however, no time to sit back and celebrate the apparent victory. There are many other issues that need addressing. Transgender rights need fixing and kids are being bullied to the point of suicide because they are gay or are perceived to be gay. One State just passed a law preventing the words "gay" or "Homosexual" to be used in school curriculum! We are all the same regardless of sex, color, sexual orientation or expression. None of us are any superior or inferior to anyone else, we all have the same rights. That is what it is all about and it is up to all of us to take a stand.Obama must be reminded that he was elected to represent and protect the rights of ALL Americans.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Advantage Vancouver so far! Both goalies deserve a raise!
After first period 0 - 0. Fairly evenly matched. It will be a good game. Come on Canucks!!
0-0 after two! Vancouver's power play is not clicking! I predict next goal wins game.
Raffi Torres with 12 seconds to go in regulation time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!