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    Kal Tire: True Service


    2012 - 10.26

    This story is several weeks old now, but it’s worth telling regardless.

    Karin and I were headed up to Whistler to walk around the village and to go to the BCDSS AGM.  We left in the late morning, stopped in Squamish for lunch and gas, and then 3 kms later we heard a noise, turned out it was a flat tire.  We pulled off the highway and called BCAA.  The local towing company arrived and helped us change the tire.  We decided to carry on and visit Whistler.

    It wasn’t until several days later that I had a chance to go and see someone about the tire.  Sadly it’s not the first time I’ve had a flat tire.  The last time I had a flat, I was told that I needed to replace all 4 tires (which is sometimes the danger when you have an all wheel drive vehicle).  So I had 3 identical spare tires, so I was hoping that one of those would be a suitable replacement.

    Based on a recommendation from my dad I went to Kal Tire, just dropped in, no appointment.  Waited a couple of minutes and one of the employees (Dwayne if I’m not mistaken) came out to take a look at my flat, which was not salvageable.  He then opened up one of the extra tires I had, and determined that it was suitable.  He told me that if I left the flat (on the rim) and the replacement tire there for a couple of hours (1.5 actually) that he’d get it mounted for me, and they could just put it on when I came back later in the afternoon.

    So I left the stuff behind and did some shopping, then went back.  It only took about 15 minutes or so after I was back for them to put the new tire on.  They also cleaned all my existing tires (made them look like new).

    So after all that, they charged me the outrageous fee of NOTHING!  That’s right, they did it for free.

    Now what makes that exceptional, is that I was totally prepared and expecting to pay for the service.  Additionally, the tires on my car were not purchased at Kal Tire, nor were the extra three that I had.  In fact they don’t even sell the tire or brand that I have.  So it was very much appreciated, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that you consider Kal Tire for your next tire needs or service appointment.

    Skyfall


    2012 - 10.25

    So Skyfall is the new James Bond movie and it opens on November 9th… anyone want to go?  I’m planning on going, probably to go and see it in Coquitlam in a VIP theatre…

    The Body Finder – Kimberly Derting


    2012 - 10.24

    I’ve been using good reads for a while now to find new books to read.  It’s the disadvantage of out reading most of your friends and running out of word of mouth recommendations.  This book (which is the first in a series, currently 3 are published, with a 4th coming) “The Body Finder” was recommended because I liked the John Wayne Cleaver series (trilogy) by Dan Wells.  The target age group is similar, as is the book length.  It’s a good recommendation, as I did like both books.

    One of the interesting things about the book (and perhaps the series, although I don’t know that yet) is that there is a supernatural element to the story, but just one.  It is introduced early and as long as you can accept that particular premise it is otherwise a fairly normal mystery story.  Definitely worth checking out, if you’re looking for something new and don’t mind reading young adult fiction.  Oh, and for those of you who don’t like vampires and werewolves and such, the supernatural premise in the books is not a typical supernatural premise and there are as far as I can tell no vampires or werewolves or what have you.

    The Passenger


    2012 - 10.23

    Karin got so excited about this particular post that she made it somewhere else entirely.  Sometimes managing an online identity can be a lot of work.  Without further ado here’s her post from www.keabel.com (Random Synapses):

    So, Dave and I are expecting a baby in January. :)

    This is kind of a weird post for me to write. I’ve spent the better part of six months not talking about The Passenger online. We’ve only just told people on Facebook and Twitter, although anyone I’ve talked to for more than 30 seconds knows. Beyond the fact that my abdomen has expanded significantly, I tend to have conversations like “Hey, how’s it going?” “Good, I was just heading to the grocery store.” “Oh, yeah, I went to the grocery store the other day to get food BECAUSE I’M PREGNANT.”

    I don’t want to become the person who only talks about pregnancy and babies and so on, so I don’t know how much I’ll post on here, but I’ll preemptively answer the main questions that I’ve been getting. :)

    We don’t know the sex, but the ultrasound tech wrote it down and put it into an envelope for us. We’ve had it for about two and a half months and haven’t really been tempted to look. I think Dave’s got it in his wallet, but I couldn’t actually tell you exactly. :)

    We’ve got a couple names we’re thinking about but haven’t decided on any yet. Dave and I are both really picky about names, so we might have an unnamed child for a while. Does anyone happen to know the time limit for naming a kid? (I’m not entirely joking…)

    Nope, we aren’t getting married right now. Maybe in a while.

    I’ve been feeling surprisingly good. Almost no nausea…just a smidge of queasiness a couple days early on. I’ve mostly been exhausted and wound up sleeping away most of the summer. My worst complaint is some hip/joint/pelvic pain that’s been slowly getting more intense. I’ve got a support belt I wear that seems to help a lot.

    I’m feeling a TON of movement. There’s certain times or things that The Passenger is particularly active around…right when I wake up, around 11 pm, around dinner and when I’m about to go to bed. I didn’t feel much until around 18 weeks, but s/he is making up for it now. The funniest thing is when it seems like The Passenger is jumping on the bed. I’ll be lying on my side and will feel a twitch on the side touching the bed, then another one a split second later on the side that’s toward the ceiling. I’ve heard that regular kick patterns may indicate sleep cycles when the baby is born, so I’m kinda hoping that’s true, since I haven’t felt much at 0300 or anything. :)

    Hopefully I’ll be able to work right up until the winter break. My plan is to go on maternity leave then, so that it’s a nice break point.

    We’re planning to move in the next little while. We aren’t sure exactly when or where, but ideally we want a bigger place that’s cheaper than what we have now, so wish us luck with that…hehe.

    I think that’s about it. :) Now that this big news is out, I think I’ll be able to blog more since I won’t need to watch what I’m writing.

    Something is wrong with this story…


    2012 - 10.22

    Ran some errands today, and one of the stops included was the International Sausage House, which is essentially a deli.  While I was there I bought about $3.00 worth of salamis and about $18.00 worth of honey candies.  I guess someone has expensive tastes…

    Practical use of Bluetooth


    2012 - 10.21

    Saw the following in a London Drugs flyer last week, not something that we need (but something I’d consider if we replaced our existing cordless phones): Clearsounds i700.  Basically it’s a DECT cordless phone system that includes Bluetooth support.  What that means specifically is that you can connect your Bluetooth enabled cell phone to it, and consequently use your cell phone while at home as though it were your home phone.

    Don’t know how well it works, but still seems like it could be a useful feature, this particular system supposedly supports up to 2 Bluetooth connected cell phones.

    Surrey Internation Writers’ Conference


    2012 - 10.18

    I don’t know what you’re doing this weekend, but Karin’s going to be at SiWC.  This will be her second time there, and she’s really looking forward to it.  You can expect to see a lot more action from her on Twitter this weekend if you’re interested in knowing what’s going on.

    If your favourite author is there, she might be able to get a signed copy of one of their books for you: list of speakers.

    Good First Day in Edmonton


    2012 - 10.05

    So we’ve had a good first day in Edmonton with pretty much everything going smoothly, and managing to check a lot off of our to do list.  Hopefully the rest of the trip goes as well.

    Nadia 3 – Kelley Armstrong


    2012 - 10.01

    Got the quarterly Kelley Armstrong newsletter today, which is one of those things that I get infrequently enough that I make sure that I actually read it.

    That and there tends to be cool little easter eggs in it.  This time around, it was the reference to the fact that there’s going to be a third book in the Nadia Strafford series and that it’s coming out next year.  Since I love the books in the series so far, I’m pretty excited to hear about that.  Especially since it wasn’t clear that there would be more books in the series (it’s been 4 years since the last book).

    The other cool thing in the newsletter (even though I knew this already) was that she’s getting a TV series for fall 2013 on Space (13 episode order) called Bitten and based on her first book in the Otherworld series (although they probably won’t limit themselves to the first book).