Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cell Phone Confidential

I am a cell phone user....there I admit it. I only use it for 1) emergencies ie: Bernie paddles off to Seattle without Paula's knowledge 2) secondary emergencies ie: I'm stuck in traffic and am going to be late 3) phoning my mother when I've found a great deal on (insert: shoes; furniture; antique) to ask her if it is a great deal.

I don't use it continuely due to having mixed feelings about whether it does cause brain tumours and not really wanting to find out that it does.

I don't phone and drive either! One of my pet peeves is people who talk on their cell phones and drive. Get off the phone and drive!! Or pull over to the side of the road!! Too many cell phone talkers do not concentrate on the act of driving ie: not signalling that you are turning; or sitting at a red light that turns from green to red again while cars behind are honking and people are yelling at you and you just sit there chatting away on your phone.

Then there is what I call cell phone confidential. A term I reserve for people who walk down the street yakking on their cell phone. I don't need to hear you yell at your mother, boyfriend or sister. I don't want to hear about how you gave the guy you picked up in the bar the best b***j** he's ever had. Keep this for the privacy of your own home or your car (not while driving) or find some quiet place.

Oh yes, and two other things.....don't bring your cell phone when you work out at the gym. Some of us actually go to the gym to relieve stress, to get away from the office, which includes getting away from the phone.

And anwering a cell phone in a public washroom is just really bad manners....

Monday, June 19, 2006

It is now scented anything

After purchasing $40.00 worth of gas (full tank!!) I thought I should check on the price of windshield washer as I would probably need some in the very near future. Only two types were available -- the normal blue coloured type, only what the gas station had was for winter weather. This is June, Victoria June, which may not be that warm but certainly isn't winter weather. The other washer available was summer grade for removing bugs, etc, was pinkish coloured and came in spring rain scent. 1) I am not going to be able to smell the washer when I squirt it on my windows because my windows will be closed to prevent getting splashed with droplet of fluid 2) the car in front of me probably won't be able to smell this stuff either.

Why does the summer washer fluid get scented when the blue winter washer fluid isn't? And if the blue winter washer fluid was scented what scent would it be?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Victoria Golf Course

WOW! I drove home along Beach Drive near the Victoria Golf Course today--finally someone has installed bright yellow signs that caution about flying golf balls! I've lived in Victoria for 11 years and driven that road all the time! There has NEVER been any warning before!

The fee to be a member of this golf course is $100.00.

You would figure someone would put some of those fees towards warning people driving the road that golf balls can be a hazard!

I wonder if someone got hit and finally someone went, "um duh maybe we should put up a warning??" or did it just take this long??

Thursday, June 15, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

I went to see Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth on Thursday June 15 presented by Monday Magazine and KOOL FM.

Worth seeing! 2 thumbs up, 3 1/2 stars!

I wonder what would have happened if Al Gore had become president instead of Bush.

I mentioned this movie to my landlord. His comment was to be open minded and see both sides of the issue; Is this really global warming?, there was past ice ages, glaciers are receding but some are advancing.

I went and did some research on my own. Al Gore's presenation on CO2 emissions is true; yes glaciers are receding and some are advancing, but those advancing are small and those receding provide water to large numbers of people. What happens when those people don't have any water to drink or can't grow crops? Doesn't that warrent a disaster situation? Which is maybe why disaster planning is one of the fastest growing careers, but isn't actually advertised.

It is human nature to bury your head in the sand, to say "it won't happen here" or "it won't happen in my life time" and not see the bigger picture. I think we all need to change our way of thinking before we have to change our way of life for the worst. We need to make changes, we need to do something.

Plan on having children in the future? Do you have children now? Think about those future generations, think about what may happen to them.

I don't remember who said it but I think one of the best quotes I heard in a long time is this and I may not be quoting it word for word but the message is still meaningful:

"I use to ask my Dad what did you do in the war Daddy referring to World War Two, I wonder when my kids grow up and ask what did you do in the war Daddy how will I answer them and tell them what I did in the war on global warming."