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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Christmas, bloggerinos!
I'm stuffed!

I hope you're having a most excellent Ed Grimley day, I must say.

Lots of goodies to report on. I'll do a better job later (with pics), but, in brief:

The complete Planet Earth / Blue Planet DVD series.
TPB - Season 6 DVDs, Calendar
Buck 65 - Situation
Craig Northey - Giddy Up
Stripper's Union - Local 518
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
Joel Plaskett - In Need of Medical Attention
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace
A Joyful Sound (one of dad's choirs) - The Joyful Sounds of Christmas
Some arty supply stuff (water colour pencils, brushes, sketchbook, info books, pencils, etc.)
Framed design of the back of my House of Blues T-Shirt I can't wear anymore
Book of quotes
Emergency light / flashlight / hallway lights
A few new board / social games
This and that
6 Blue, 6 Rickard's, 11 International / Specialty beers
A couple / few gift cards / cert's
Two shmooth-lookin' Wilco shirts. A little snug, perhaps (especially one) but maybe that'll be motivation to drop some poundage.

I am full of food and need a foolishly large beer.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

We're pretty much over the hump now! Today had its ups & downs, but we shan't go there. Friggin' children (in some cases, and those ones just seem to stick with you more than the nicer ones). While browsing for some more Christmas tunes (you can never have enough, and man, I've got scads now!), I came upon this pic from WHAM!'s "Last Christmas" single. I don't have to tell you that it's pretty special. It looks like they're having a gay old time. George is really riding ol' Andrew!

Now, for some light-hearted Christmas tunes (what, as opposed to those serious ones?), here's a link to an entire album of Bob Rivers' Christmas parodies. My personal fave is "Police Stop My Car", sung to the tune of "Feliz Navidad". A sample lyric: "Police stop my car. Police stop my car. Police make me stop, walk a straight line and blow a balloon up. They wanna wish me a sober Christmas... "


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

OK. I go online, the lawless international waters of commerce, and find a few things on a site to buy as Christmas presents. I order them, and pay to have them shipped to me. Why is it when I buy something from another country, stuff that's got nothing to do with my own government, that I have to pay tax on it here before I can get it? It wasn't made here. I didn't buy it here. It's not Canadian goods. Why should I have to pay provincial tax and a national goods and services tax on the stuff? It makes NO SENSE.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Saw this the other day and HAD to download it. Whackjob video, but I like it (would you expect anything different?). It's a pretty good song, too. I figured, in the spirit of Christmas (as the heavy snowfall begins here), I should share it with you.

Now playing: Mecco Monardo - R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
via FoxyTunes
(It says Mecco Monardo, but it's Jon Bongiovi A.K.A. BON JOVI!)

CBC is finally getting better again. I mean, hey... they used me in a "Blog Watch" on one of their stories, so that has to be a good sign. I also think it's kind of funny, since that post was such a short, semi-humourous, stylized, seemingly-inarticulate-to-an-untrained-eye post. I'm going to have to write about more newsy things. See what comes up.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I love the humour that can be found in words & language. A seasonal example? During French class last night, I asked the teacher what eggnog would be (I've never thought to check the carton at home). She said she just calls it eggnog (but with an accent, of course), but also thought there was another name for it. Sure enough, she found it (and I verified it in my fridge when I got home). Eggnog, in French, is "lait de poule". Translated directly, it's "chicken milk". All I can think of is tiny little milking machines hooked up to chickens, or people pulling wee little chicken teats. Hmm. That could be a new KFC side order. Popcorn chicken too big for you? Try some chicken teats.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

As the students filed in this morning, they noticed the Christmas lights around the board (one of them nearly went into a burnt-toast seizure of glee), and the outline of what we were going to do this morning. One thing we did this morning was watch a video on Rick Hansen for our Terry Fox novel study.

Looking at the Rick Hansen item, a student said, "Is he the guy that made The Muppets?"
You can imagine my response.

This is the same student, weeks ago, when commenting on Martin Luther King in a project, described him as the guy that ended slavery. At least he/she didn't say King rode the bus.

Please, someone pray for the children.

Monday, December 03, 2007

The scene begins with one of my students approaching my desk. He approaches it most days at the break, to tell me some joke from the paper.

Student 1: "Do you want to hear a joke?"
Me: "Sure, but I've got one for you, too. It's short. Only three words long."
Student 1: "OK."
Me: "Toronto Maple Leafs."

Student 2, sitting behind Student 1 hears this, as he was intended to.

Student 2: "Oh yeah?! I've got a three-word joke for you... Montreal!"
Me: "Actually, that was pretty funny."