Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Blackened Ice

Most of the snow’s melted where I am. But, black ice is abundant. As I was walking home just before 6pm today, I was walking down a mild sloping street and I started to slip. I didn’t fall though, because I’m such an amazing balancer and I have such fantastically strong leg muscles that I was able to stand firm and show that black ice, who the real man around here was!
Actually no, that didn’t happen. I slipped, regained my balance, and then slipped again and nearly fell. Then a car drove by and I’m pretty sure the passengers were laughing at my comical “ice dance”. It’s life. I’m getting used to it. I laugh at me too. Sometimes when I’m bored (or hyper) I’ll make faces at myself in the mirror and make myself laugh. 8^p

Oh yes, I saw gas for 90.0 ¢ / litre today. Yup, I was wrong. I’m not surprised that I was/am. I’m human. I make mistakes. I’m getting used to that too. No reason to laugh about that. Or is there......?

Meh, I'm tired.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Politics, Petrol, and Precipitation

(what’s with all this alliteration?!!?!)

1. Paul Martin Jr. is about to be unemployed, probably in January 2006 when the Liberals will lose power, I’m hoping. The oppositions in the House of Commons voted for and passed a no-confidence motion (that they have no confidence in the leading minority corrupt Liberal government) which means there will be an election soon. In other fantastic news, this taken from the CBC News website, “Monday's vote means a number of bills will die on the order paper, among them an act to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

2. I saw 91.5¢ / litre today. Also, apparently crude oil dropped $1.50 a barrel on the markets if I remember correctly…I got that info from the morning news télé. I have a hunch that prices for gas won’t go any lower. But let’s hope I’m wrong. I don’t even have any evidence I’m basing that on....

3. It’s snowing outside right now. It’s not sticking (phew) but it looks veddy pretty in the streetlight. The snowline on the north shore mountains I noticed was pretty low today too.

.....booo school, work, final exams, and general bad stuff...........

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Two year old, toothbrushes, and torching

(thats called alliteration)

Know what's cute? Talking to a two year old girl.
Know what's cuter? Talking to a two year old girl who knows how to make an evil laugh, (ie. "HA Haaaa!!" [triumphant sounding]).

Know what's crazy? Having a computer on a toothbrush (ie. the Oral B Triumph or whatever). I know it's supposed to be the "technology age" now but this seems like too much. Who was the genius who came up with electric toothbrushes (one might think the plural form would be teethbrushes, meh) anyways? I mean think about. It's a plastic scrubbing device with an electrical charge that you put in your mouth. Didn't we all learn in school water conducts electricity? No fatalities as of yet I hope.

Know what's fun? Burning old bank statements. HA Haaaa!! Take that garbage looters and identity thieves!

"Burn baby burn! Disco Infernoooo...." I'm not crazy....

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Rainbow in the sky

(edit: added pic December 1 2005)
I saw a beautiful rainbow today around 3:45pm. Actually no I didn’t…that’s a lie. I saw TWO rainbows. They were in the north-east direction and arched over a huge part of the sky. The main rainbow was so vivid, with the colours becoming even more vibrant when the sun started to shine on it. Just above it was a faint, “thinner” rainbow, perhaps not as beautiful but still amazing to see. Maybe you saw it and know what I’m talking about.

The wind blew the clouds away and ROYGBIV faded out a little after 4pm. What a nice weathery way to end about a week’s worth of thick fog. I wish I had my camera. Fortunately, I found Robert's site through a search and he had his camera with him. Pretty colours hmm? Btw, the picture is his, copyrighted and is here courtesy of him.

Anyhow, time for a sigh and back to the real world. Sigh. End of week 12. Way behind in most of my readings/classes. Stuff keeps going and going. Work keeps coming. And then stress week hits (Finals…duh) which feels like a humongous burden trying to pull you into the ground. It will be over…eventually. Sigh.

"So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (The Message)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I sleep in class

I fell asleep in 2/3 classes today. It was great because I felt sort of semi-refreshed when I woke up and I got maybe an extra hour of sleep total. But, after waking up, I realized that I missed out on lots of notes and other important school-related junk I should have paid attention for. Then it ain't so great.

I think it must be funny to sit behind me. I kind of zone in and out of consciousness and I usually try to sit up straight. That usually means my head will end up nodding back and forth as I doze off, gently twitching back up ever so slightly when my neck starts to lean forward too much (not as graceful as a drinking/dippy bird though).

Gaaahhh registering for courses is stressful…….

btw - good song: Knees to the Earth by Watermark

Saturday, November 19, 2005

I visited Grouse Mountain / gas

If I remember correctly, the last time I went was in 2002, but I went on Thursday because there was free admission. And it was packed. Apparently thousands of other people found out it was free today too. There was a huge line winding outside the Guest Services office and Skyride terminal so I waited for around 40 minutes before boarding the Blue Skyride gondola, (apparently the red one had a broken breaker and was stalled for awhile?).

Finally at the top of le mountain (here's the map), since it was so packed, I decided to skip the Cut, assuming there’d be a huge line, and made my way towards Expo. I fell a bunch of times. It’s been a while….
The line for that chairlift there was huge too! Though probably less than the Cut’s. Waited in that for 25 minutes or so. There were lots of rowdy obnoxious sick individuals (mainly youth) throwing snowballs at everyone. The back of the line would throw snowballs at the front of the line and vice versa. People in between were getting angry. It stopped after staff intervened. Sigh. Stupidnes.

Made it to the Peak. It was clear and the lights from Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland were so beautiful. Sooooo beautiful. My lousy pictures don’t do justice to it at all. You could see so far…and the lights glittered. I stayed up there for a long time, just staring, thinking, taking pictures….
After I slid/fell my way to the bottom, I decided my time was worth more than to just waste it by waiting in lines, so I decided to head home.

Despite having only two runs, it wasn’t too bad a day.

This is the engine room (I think) for the Blue Skyride gondola. Those yellow wheel things were huge and the cables that they pulled were so thick. It'd be neat to tour that room and see how it operates.

Here's a view from the top of the Cut. See the city lights? It was a lot prettier there than in the piccie.

Here's a blurry view from at the top of the Peak (not the newspaper). If you cross your eyes, it looks normal.

 Cross your eyes again.

And here's the only decent looking picture of the night, with some city and the Grouse chalet in the background. Note how the surrounding trees have no snow on them hmm?

I saw 92.5¢ / litre on Friday at the pumps. It’s been hovering around the 93¢ mark or slightly above since I last noted.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Why do I do what I do?

If I don't do what I do now, will I ever?
And if I don't do it, who will?
So how or by what means (strength) will I then do it?

Ignore the above questions. Just notes to myself.
The weather is becoming the opposite of summer....
It is getting colder. A lot sooner than last year.
I can feel it in the morning and I can see it from my breath.
'Tis wonderful.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Searching for something / Site update

I got a quarter back in some change and it was one of those special millennium quarters the Canadian Mint issued during the year 2000. I collect those (still missing a few) and so I was searching my room for this little box that I kept the others in.

I knew where I kept the box, but it wasn’t there. And so I thought to myself, “I usually keep this box there, but since it’s gone, I must have moved it to a safer place.” So I started to search in a different part of my room and I still couldn’t find it (although I did get to go through some old “Tim-Nostalgia”). Then I sort of started to worry, because there’s a few bucks worth of quarters in that little box! And I wondered, “Why did I hide this from myself? Why did I pick such a good safe place, that it’s even safe from me?”

Minutes passed and I began to search the same place where I started in the beginning. And then I found it. It was barely hiding behind another object. It was actually pretty visible the entire time, if I had just looked carefully. But, turns out I already had the quarter, so woohoo, gained 25¢ in spending money.

Funny, how we can relate to dumb events in our lives like this. Sometimes we find it later, when we don’t need it (probably one of the most frustrating, like finding the flashlight on a sunny day instead of when the power was out). Sometimes we aren’t as fortunate and never find it. Sometimes we just plain forget about it forever. And then, sometimes we find it. Here’s something to think about:

"Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: "Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!' Count on it--that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God." Luke 15:8-10 (The Message)
Jesus Christ came to this earth “…to seek and to save what was lost." Luke 19:10 (NIV). And when He finds the lost, there’s a party in Heaven. What a great anticipation! Something to hope for. How cool is that?

On a side note, I put some new junk up as well as three new Spider-Man poses a few days ago.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Back + scratch = love Mom

I came home from school today and this is a paraphrased conversation I had with my Mom:

Me: What’s this? You bought a new glass squeegee thingy?
Mom: Yes, I got it at the dollar store. Look, I also got a backscratcher*, to your left.
Me: [ecstatic at the site of a backscratcher*] Hip hip hurrah!
*italicized for emphasis

I thoroughly enjoy having my back scratched. Probably more than Lance. It just feels so good. Keep that in mind if you ever think of asking me for a favour ("I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine?"). Kidding. But truly, God created back scratching and it was good. This makes me sound weird doesn’t it….I don’t care.
The amazing craftsmanship from bamboo, for $1.07. I think it came from the motherland too because there’s Chinese character’s on it. It works great. Fear me itches, Tim’s got a new weapon….[evil laugh]!
I love my Mommy. So thoughtful.

"Yup its official, Tim's lost it."
"I've been trying to tell you that since 2 years ago!"
"What a strange strange little boy..."
"He's a poached egg."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Almost end of week ==> rant

Yup, almost the end of the week (for me). w00teroonee.
And almost time to officially honour all the veterans of le Canada for their hard work and service of making this land better for people like me. Now and then I play around with the thought, should I join the army? Quit school now? This is such a lovely thought whenever I'm cramming...but on the other hand, it could be true...I think I read it in the 24 Hours that Canada might consider a National Service type thing because of low recruit counts. I'm not sure. Somebody please correct me.
Sigh. Nice to see the North Shore mountains all snowcapped and white. Even nicer to see the Cut on Grouse Mountain covered in snow....alas, I have not set foot on it nearly 3 (or is it 4?) years now...stupid school.
Btw, drawing connections from snow, I saw a few Christmas commercials on TV. Actually, they were "holiday" commercials, no mention of Christmas at all because some fruitcakes in an office somewhere thought it'd be safer to be politically correct.

Well you know what?! They're messed in the head!!! I wasn't born into a politically correct world and if things stay as they are now, there never will be since there's always injustice and some nutjob who's feelings will be hurt over nothing!! Bah humbug!!!!!

Hmmm...that came from nowhere didn't it. Sometimes when small things that are not causing problems for anyone get pushed into the spotlight so that 2 or 3 people can fuss over it and make the whole world take notice for no reason at all, just make me really peeved.
Why do some people care?
Why do some people not care?
Why do some people want to know the truth?
Why do some people say they are content in not finding the truth?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Study/fail math proof joke

This is fun to think about, considering I have two midterms this week and another next week.
Q: Prove that you will fail anyways, even if you study hard.
A: Assume that I can pass if I work hard and I’ll fail if and only if I don’t study.

Study = no fail
No study = fail
Study + no study = fail + no fail
Study (1+no) = fail (1+no)
Study = fail

Isn't math fun kids?

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Nice doggie, good doggie.

Sometimes my dog looks at me as if I'm an idiot. Like he's better than me or something.

Maybe I'll just be sitting, studying and then as I day dream (la procrastination at work) I'll think of something funny, (perhaps a football in the groin (hehehehe)...that poor, poor Hans Moleman...) and then I'll laugh softly to myself.

Then I'll see movement at the corner of my eye, and there's Lance looking at me with pitiful contempt. Just sitting there, staring. And then he'll walk away as if he had other important things to do.

And thats when I'll run up behind him and punt him. Noooo, I wouldn't do that.
He's too cute. But just the thought of it....heheheeeee....

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Ramblings: Sore*, Rain, Bus, Notes to self.

I’m so out of shape. I was still sore* yesterday…had trouble going up and down stairs cause the muscles in my thighs were so stiff (is that the proper medical term?) and sore*. My goodness they were sore*. They’re not sore* today. However other parts of me are, such as my upper shoulder area and the left side of my stomach…maybe I stretched in a funny when I tried to pokecheck someone? Meh.

I may look fit, but ho ho hoooo…

Rain has been nice the past few days. Except for when I get soaking wet.
Buses have been jam packed lately because of the rain (not too sure what the correlation there is though). I hate getting on a full bus and having people push up against you as more try to squeeze through the door at the last minute. I need my personal space! I feel so…so violated! And wronged! I am a Canadian citizen! No foreign backpack should have the right to caress my buttocks as I use the public transportation system!

[collapses in a state of heaving, sobs and tears]

Erm, yeah I’m not that melodramatic (oooh fancy word) . Must stop sleeping in class. Must start to pay attention in class. Must start homework before night it is due. Must stop relying on own strength. Must remember to utilize topic and concluding sentence correctly. Must is a funny word.
Gas (hehehe....gas…hahaha I’m immature) has been been at at 93.9¢ / litre the past few days. Click here for more on gas prices.

"good grief Tim, you're so boring!"
"I'm not impressed!"
*edited soar to sore Nov 9, 2005...can't spell....lousy english....