Monday, 30 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #30 - The Devil


Welcome to the last (yahoo!!!) day of 30 Days of Photos, where 18 bloggers participated in posting a photo a day for 30 days. Here are the other 17 idiots you can visit one last time (sniff) after you've been here:


This, my friends is the last day of our little 30 Days of Photos exercise. It's been a long haul. And a challenging one, coming up with a photo each day to match those dastardly daily themes.

And I've saved the best for last. The devil.

My first impulse was to post a picture of Ziva and Mike, the hosts of this hellish little exercise. They really put us through our paces. But getting Ziva from Finland and Mike from Colorado together for a picture, let alone that those two could agree on anything from one day to the next, was easier said than done. So we're going with the next best thing. The devil I live with every freakin' day.


Some of the participants posted pictures of their dogs, birds and cats this past month. One participant (and you know who you are, Nora) posted a picture of their cats every freaking day.

But I saved a picture of mine for today's theme. Meet Satan Cleo. Cleo's the stupidest cat God ever placed on this earth. How she and I have come to co-exist is a long story that I'm not going to go into here.

Suffice it to say Cleo is the devil incatnate. 

Just look at that photo.

Do you need more proof?

I just know as soon as I open the patio door she's gonna turn around, lift her cat butt in the air, and slowly stroll away.

Frackin' cat!

Cats...I'm forever serving that cat. I'm a slave to it.

But like that great philosopher Bob Dylan says...

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say

You're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody


So folks, this concludes 30 days of Friggin' Photos. I'm going to do a little postscript later in the week but for now I'm gonna give my iPhone a rest. Go back to downloading some music. Pour myself a big drink. And kick the cat.


Sunday, 29 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #29 - Lines


Welcome to the second last day of 30 Days of Photos, where 18 bloggers are participating in posting a photo a day for 30 days. Here are the other 17 you can visit after you've been here:



These lines are actually bleachers at the soccer field near our house.

They haven't started to play yet.

But when they do you can bet parents and family members will be lining up to watch.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #28 - Outlier


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Today's theme is "outlier". One of the definitions of outlier is: 


"someone who stands apart from others of his or her group, as by differing actions, beliefs, religious practices, etc..outsider, nonconformist, maverick; original, eccentric, bohemian; dissident, dissenter, iconoclast, heretic."


We have a friend who fits this description to a tee. Tee for Terry. Terry runs a restaurant called Hino's. A Japanese restaurant...because Terry Hino is Japanese.






Terry's run his restaurant for close to 30 years. We discovered him about 10 years ago and have visited him about once a month ever since.


We always are offered a place of pride; sitting at the bar overlooking the kitchen. That way we can chat with Terry while he makes our dinner.


Funny guy. He hates being busy. He'll swear to himself when customers walk in because he knows it means more work. He'll swear in French for my wife's benefit.


Yet he's fast. So fast it's hard to take a picture of him. 


But the food is delicious.


His eccentricities are charming.


And his friendship is valued.

Friday, 27 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - # 27 - Nude

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Well look at him.

Guess who?

Yeah that's me about 59 years ago.

I took a picture of that picture a couple of days ago.

Hey you didn't want to see a picture of a nude 59 year old man, did you?

Trust me. You don't.

It's appropriate I'm in my birthday suit.

Tomorrow's my birthday!

The big 6-0!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #26 - My Toothbrush


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I don't know who the hell chose the themes for this little exercise but today's is one of those themes that really left me scratching my head. I mean who the heck wants to see a picture of my toothbrush?

Well, here's a bonus for you guys. Here's a picture of my toothbrush and my wife's. I know. Pretty risque, eh? A photo of two toothbrushes co-habitating in a cup with a tube of toothpaste.

I may have started an internet phenomenon. 

It could go viral.

Two toothbrushes, one cup.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #25 The Future

Don't forget to mosey on over to dufus daze for this week's Pause Ponder and Pun caption contest. This week's winner could win a fantastic prize...or not.

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Your servant here, he has been told
to say it clear, to say it cold:
It's over, it ain't going
any further
And now the wheels of heaven stop
you feel the devil's riding crop
Get ready for the future:
it is murder 


The lyrics are from Leonard Cohen's The Future. I like Leonard Cohen. I love his lyrics. Sometimes they can be a little dark. But, hey, we all have our moments. I hope to be around many more years to enjoy his lyrics. Dark moments now and then notwithstanding.

You see I have cancer. It's a cancer of the blood and bone marrow called multiple myeloma. The upside is it's not terminal but treatable. The downside is I'll always have it. I've had two bone marrow transplants, countless chemo and radiation sessions. I'm currently on a prescribed drug regimen. I take so many pills I lay them out in a weekly dispenser every Saturday. That would appear to be my future.

But like my wife says "That sure beats the alternative." And, yes, she's absolutely right.

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Oh, hey, it's my blogaversary. Yeah, 5 years ago today I took the first tentative steps on my journey to interweb infamy. I haven't quite achieved infamy. But I've had a lot of fun along the way. Many thanks to all you guys who have visited over the years and laughed at my posts and endured my penchant for terrible puns. Thanks!


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #24 - Crowd


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I took a bit of a different take on today's theme. I don't get out much and when I do I never really encounter a crowd. So how the heck will I take a picture of one? 

So for today's pic I went to my music collection and pulled out a couple of my Crowded House CDs. Do you know them?

Crowded House is an Australian band that started out as Split Enz in the 70s, the brainchild of Neil Finn who hailed from New Zealand. They were most popular in the decade beginning in the mid 80s. Brother Tim also played in the group.

One of my favourite Crowded House songs is Don't Dream It's Over.

Neil and his brother Tim, who performed with both Split Enz and on and off with Crowded House, put out several CDs together as The Finn Brothers and Neil released several solo projects as well. In the 2000s, songwriter Neil pulled together a musical outfit that donated their profits to charity. The group was called 7 Worlds Collide, named after the lyric from one of their Crowded House songs. They released 2 CDs based on live performances which included folks such as Tim Finn, Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, and Jeff Tweedy.

So check these guys out on You Tube. Who knows, maybe a crowd will beat a path to their door.

Monday, 23 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #23 - Fish Tales

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Well, here are the fish.

The only tale I have is that I took their picture at the supermarket when I was doing the grocery shopping last Friday.

They didn't even smile.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #22 - Portrait


Ha, ha, ha, what a great collection of the week's political cartoons. Where? Over on dufus daze, naturally.

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Welcome to 30 Days of Photos. We're in the home stretch with just a week to go. Thank God! (Did I just say that out loud?) So this is where 18 bloggers are participating in posting a photo a day for 30 days. Here are the other 17 you can visit, who are equally happy there's only 7 - aw damn, Cheryl tells me there's 8 - more days, after you've been here:



A portrait with a twist...of tangerine(s), baby tomato and a banana. 

Aw, why so serious?

Just one more week to go.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #21 - Moon


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One morning on my Panama visit I got up early, about 5:30am, and hit the beach with my iPhone camera. I walked east. I wanted to get some shots of the sunrise. I did and the pics were spectacular.

After I had enough pics I turned back to retrace my steps. 

Look what I saw in the western sky.

Here's a pic of the moon setting. 

Gorgeous.

And look at that lovely, peaceful beach.

You can tell I was the only idiot up at that hour.

Friday, 20 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #20 - Bird


Welcome to 30 Days of Photos, where... whoa, whoa, whoa, you really want me to go through all of this again? Yeah? Okay. 18 bloggers are participating in posting a photo a day for 30 days. Here are the other 17 you can visit after you've been here:



This is a cockatoo, parrot, bird thingy. He lives in the zoo at El Valle in Panama. He says "Hola" a lot.

I think he thought I was going to give him food. He poked his head through the fence. He must have been disappointed. I only took his picture.  

Thursday, 19 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #19 - White


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In this instance the light at the end of the tunnel, while white, is not an approaching speeding train. This is the (in)famous Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel in Montreal (Hi Nicky and Mike!). On Easter weekend my wife and I were traveling from Victoriaville (which likes to think of itself as the poutine capital of the world) to Montreal (the roads and bridges under construction capital of the world). The bridge travels beneath the main shipping channel of the St. Lawrence River. 

It's scary. Tiles have fallen off the tunnel walls. It's always dripping. I have visions of that movie 2012 with John Cusack every time I pass through it.

So in this case. the light at the end of the tunnel was the Island of Montreal. Where, by the way, you can't turn right on a red light.

Also, in this case, it's a good thing to go towards the light...which is white.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #18 - Fire

Don't forget to stop by dufus daze for our latest instalment of Pause Ponder and Pun. Katniss Everdeen has nothing on today's edition...

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Meanwhile, in an unknown dimension found in a dastardly rip in the time-space continuum...

Welcome to 30 Days of Photos, where yadda, yadda, yadda, 18 hijacked hooligans bloggers are being forced unmercifully participating in posting a photo a day for a frakkin' month 30 days. Here are the other 17 suckers you can visit after you've been here:



Okay, I know you guys have missed my little history lessons, so sit back and enjoy.

This is a picture of the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It was built to commemorate Canada's centennial - hence the name - and unveiled in 1967 on, uh, the, like, centennial of our confederation in 1867. The shields of our 10 provinces and two of our territories rim the edge of the flame. Nunavut, our third territory is missing as it wasn't created until 1999. Up until then it was part of the Northwest Territories. (Disclaimer: I was the Director General of Communications at Indian Affairs and Northern Development when the government created Nunavut and oversaw the communications and public affairs associated with it - alas no shield in the fountain.)

Many visitors to the flame throw coins into the fountain that surrounds it. Odd, eh? These people pay taxes, then come to Ottawa and throw more money at the government. They won't be throwing their pennies in there soon as the government has decided to stop making them. Soon it'll be a nickel for their thoughts. Talk about inflation.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #17 - Time


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I think one of my favourite Groucho Marx quotes has got to be, "Time flies like an arrow but fruit flies like a banana." Funny guy, that Groucho.

One of my favourite Rolling Stones songs has got to be Time Is On My Side, an oldy but a goodie from 1964. It was their first U.S. top 10 hit and they performed it on their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. 

But all that aside this theme gave me some trouble and as time ticked away I wracked my brain wondering what the heck I could come with. Seconds away from my deadline, I finally remembered what I had stashed in the bottom drawer of my bedside table. Yep, all the watches I've discarded over the last decade or so. There's seven watches in the picture. It would seem I'm a little poor at keeping time.

These watches may all have stopped at different times, on different times, but at least I know that twice a day they're accurate. That may be well more than me.

I think I've taken up enough of your time now.

Monday, 16 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #16 - Ordinary Matters


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If you're a regular follower of my blog you'll know that last month I spent 2 weeks in Panama, mostly golfing and imbibing a Balboa or Corona or two on my brother-in-law's balcony. But there were days we ventured out of the tranquility of the Bijao Beach and Golf complex such as the day we headed out to El Valle to take in the sights and visit the local zoo.

This is the church in El Valle, presumably built many years ago. It has a simplicity yet beauty about it. I'm not a church-goer, but I was attracted to this temple of worship. The majority of Panamanians, by the way, are Catholic.

The church may appear ordinary to a passerby, but to Panamanians in El Valle ordinary matters.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #15 - Wood

For our regulars expecting to find Sunday Funnies here, just jog on over to dufus daze where the week's best editorial cartoons are on display. Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

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Well, we're into week 3 of our little photo sojourn. The half-way point. Yippee. Only two more weeks to go. So settle back and let's see what's yet to develop. 




"Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice."
(Henry Ford)

A couple of years ago we had to chop down a huge maple tree in our backyard. It had split and we were worried it might fall on the house in a heavy wind. 

The wood from that tree has lasted us several years. We love lighting fires in the fireplace during the cold, winter months. We still have plenty of kindling in the garage to last us through next year. Looks like I don't have to buy firewood for yet another year!

Not that I'm in any hurry to see winter again, mind you. 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #14 - 42

If you're looking for this week's results from Pause Ponder and Pun scoot on over to dufus daze where all is revealed, and then some.

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Remember Level 42, the British pop-rock, jazz-funk group from the 80s? One of their biggest hits was Something About You. Yeah, well, this post isn't about them at all.


It's about the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. Unless you've been living under a rock - and not that there's anything wrong with that - you'd know that 42 was the answer. Not that anyone knows the question, mind you.

This whole construct is one of the many humorous riffs the late Douglas Adams goes on about in Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - A Trilogy in Five Parts. The book(s) is one of the most irreverent, side-splitting pieces of fiction I've ever read. 

Adam's book and his biography take a special place in my library.

If you haven't read this book, read it.

If you have read it, read it again.

Because there's something about it.

Friday, 13 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #13 - Pleasure


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There are many things in life that give me pleasure. #1 of course is my wife. Life with her is a dream. And I'm not sharing my dreams, just so you know. I love golf, as many of you know, music, books and classic TV series on DVD.

When I was in Panama last month we went out to dinner at a Japanese restaurant at the Bijao Hilton Hotel. The kind of restaurant where they cook what you order right in front of you. It's called teppanyaki cuisine and it makes for a fun night out.

This was dessert. A Petit Gateau Chocolate and Ice Cream.

It really was the epitome of pleasure on a plate.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #12 - Fear


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And on Day 12 the photographer saw his shadow.

Know what that means?

I fear that there's still 18 more days of this frakkin' meme.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #11 - Wheels

Hey it's Wednesday and time for Pause Ponder and Pun. You can find our latest pictorial punfest over at dufus daze today while we continue here with 30 Days of Pain Photos.

So, welcome once more to 30 Days of Photos, where 18 self-flagelists bloggers are participating in posting a photo a day for 30 days. Here are the other 17 you can visit after you've been here:



I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
(John Lennon)

I gave this bike to my wife for her 50th birthday not too long ago. 

It's one of those retro bicycles made by Electra. Kinda cool. 

Oops, I just realized that now you have some idea of her age, eh? 

Sorry I mis-spoke honey.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

30 Days of Photos - #10 - Waiting


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Where I live there are lots of golf courses. And this time of year I'm dying to get out on them. I only started golfing a year ago but I love it.

There are almost as many marinas in the area. This one's across the river in Ottawa, Ontario. The other side of the river is Aylmer, Quebec where I live. I'm no sailor but I can identify with this guy. His is the only boat out in the slips of the marina. The rest of the sailboats are still all in storage wrapped in protective industrial strength white plastic...waiting.
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