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    Christmas Card?


    2013 - 11.19

    We haven’t in the past sent out Christmas cards.  We’re thinking about doing it this year.  Mostly because of Nadia.  So, are people actually interested in getting or exchanging Christmas cards or is that something that our generation doesn’t do?

    If you’re interested in getting one, let us know and make sure we have your current address.

    Visitors Welcome


    2013 - 02.07

    We’ve been home for about 3 weeks now, and things are starting to return to normal, or the new normal.  The house is definitely still in a state of “moving in”, but sufficiently accommodating and polished for visitors to be reasonably comfortable.

    So if you’d like to come over and visit us, or meet Nadia, just let us know!

    Our schedule is reasonably open, but also reasonably fluid.  Just about all the time sometime is sleeping, so email is somewhat preferred over phone calls as a means of communication as it’s least likely to wake someone up.  At the same time it seems as though someone is awake just about all the time as well, as we’re tag teaming on the parenting duties so far.

    I Sit Corrected


    2012 - 08.21

    A little while back, I made a joke about the father’s of our generation not being on Facebook.  Well that was the 2012 of two months ago, since then everything has shifted.  Karin’s dad is now on Facebook, and we’re all a little frightened… more for him than for us though…

    Deep Fried Mars Bar


    2012 - 07.08

    Last night went a little different than I expected, after a stop at Greek Fest for baclava (sorry it’s over now, if you didn’t go) I managed to end up at The Rumpus Room*.

    As part of that adventure a deep fried Mars bar was ordered… it however was forgotten until we were ready to leave at which point it appeared.  Just to be clear, I didn’t order it, but I did try it.  I’m going to say that I didn’t like this particular one, but I could imagine possibly enjoying a different implementation.

    For me the problem was the batter, it was overpowering, but it wasn’t overpowering because it was a regular fish and chips beer batter or something.  Instead it appeared to be a specially crafted dessert batter, which in other circumstances might have been delicious.  In this case however, I felt that the cinnamon in the batter overpowered the taste of the Mars bar, which in my mind at least defeats the purpose of the dish.

    Regardless it was an interesting night.  So have you tried the deep fried Mars bar before?  Did you like it?  Where’s the best place in Vancouver to have one?

     

    * Only way to keep the long story short is to pretend that there was a chapter break, and that no further explanation of the shananigans was required.

    Dad’s on Facebook?


    2012 - 06.21

    Just kidding, of course dad isn’t on Facebook, that would just be weird.  According to my totally unscientific survey — which really consisted of me consulting with my gut — father’s of my generation (e.g. my father, not the father’s who are members of my generation but rather the fathers of the members of my generation) are one of the most under-represented groups on Facebook (at least of frequent computer users).

    Does this jive with your experience?  Is your father on Facebook?

    20 Years in a Row!


    2012 - 06.18

    I’ve got a good friend who no longer lives in the area and I haven’t seen her in a while.  Today is her birthday, and if I’ve done the math correctly this is 20 years in a row that I’ve wished her happy birthday on her birthday.  Sometimes it’s the little things that matter.

    Now in truth I could be wrong, it might be 21 years or maybe only 19… but we’ll go with the round number, because we all lie at least to ourselves about our ages.  Myself I always need to double and triple check the math whenever I try to remember how old I am, because the answer I get doesn’t match how old I seem to think I am.

    The Problem with Crows…


    2012 - 06.04

    My sister has a problem with crows, and in truth it’s not that many, it’s not like it’s a murder.  But she’s had a bad experience where they were aggressive and attacked her.  You would think that after something like that it would be easy to get the powers that be to take action.  Sadly not so much.  The evil masked arch-nemesis known only as “Strata Council” has been totally ineffectual, and incommunicado.

    Some people are wrongly under the belief that you can’t mess with birds, and that’s simply not true.  It is true that birds fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment (here in BC anyway), so your local city is unlikely (and in some cases unable) to do anything about them.

    Here’s the quick summary:

    BIRDS

    • All birds are considered wildlife and are afforded full protection under the BC Wildlife Act.  A person commits an offence if the person except as provided by regulation or by an issued permit, possesses, takes, injures, molests or destroys a bird or its eggs.
    • Under the Wildlife Act Designation and Exemption Regulation 253/2000 Schedule C, point 2, the following species of birds and their nests or eggs can be destroyed without a permit: crows (except common ravens), black-billed magpies, European starlings, house sparrows, rock doves and brown-headed cowbirds.
    • Some species of birds are classified as game birds.  Hunting seasons and bag limits for game birds are published in the annual Hunting Regulation Synopsis.  This synopsis is available via a link on the Ministry of Environment’s website.
    • For injured birds phone the nearest animal rehabilitation centre.

    If you want to read more you can read the actual Wildlife Act: Designation and Exemption Regulation or just Schedule C.

    It’s always important to know the rules…

    So what do these exempt species look like?

    Crows except for the common raven:

    Wikipedia: Common Raven

    Wikipedia: Common Raven

    So this one you can’t touch, but all other “crows” are ok.

    The Black-billed Magpie:

    Wikipedia: Black-billed Magpie

    Wikipedia: Black-billed Magpie

    The Common Starling/European Starling:

    Wikipedia: Common Starling/European Starling

    Wikipedia: Common Starling/European Starling

    The House Sparrow:

    Wikipedia: House Sparrow

    Wikipedia: House Sparrow by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos under the GFDL

    The Rock Dove (aka: pigeon):

    Wikipedia: Blue Rock Pigeon

    Wikipedia: Blue Rock Pigeon

    And finally the Brown-headed Cowbird (not to be confused with the brown-haired Cowbel [which would be me]):

    Wikipedia: Brown-headed Cowbird (Male)

    Wikipedia: Brown-headed Cowbird (Male)

    Best make sure you double check the regulations before doing anything about the birds, but as of this writing it was legal to destroy their nests or eggs without a permit in BC.

    Cheap FREE Movies


    2012 - 05.31

    Seems a little strange to talk about “cheap” free movies, but that’s actually what’s going on in June (at least at SilverCity Coquitlam and Metropolis).  If you collect SCENE Points, then you probably know that it takes 1,000 points to get a free movie ticket (at least usually), well for June it’s only going to take 500 points.  So you can get twice as many free movies, just saying.

    Labyrinth next Monday


    2012 - 03.12

    So Labyrinth is playing at Colossus in Langley or Scotia Bank Theatre downtown next Monday at 7pm.  Who wants to go with us?

    Vancouver Reclaimed


    2012 - 03.03

    This is a business owned by a friend of a friend, and thought we’d give it a shout out (do people still say that?).  Much of the work looks really cool, and the owner’s a nice guy.  We’re not currently in the market for new furniture, but doesn’t mean that we don’t want some of the pieces.  So go and take a look at Vancouver Reclaimed to see great pieces like:

    Industrial Coffee Table by Vancouver Reclaimed

    Industrial Coffee Table by Vancouver Reclaimed