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I can't believe how much I'm enjoying ER as it signs off the air.

episode fangirling this way ... )
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Billy Petersen is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it's rumored that the CSI cast will be there. If you see pics of George, please share!
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[Error: unknown template qotd] My siblings and I have each witnessed what we think is my grandfather's ghost. After he died, we moved into my grandparents' house and lived there with my parents for a while.

One night I was heading upstairs to bed and when I got to the landing, I saw a dark mass move from the bathroom to the door of what used to be his bedroom. I remember being slightly shocked and scared for a couple of minutes.

It was even creepier when years later we all compared notes and realized we'd all had a haunting.
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You didn't let him know that the 23rd was your birthday and now he's ticked he missed it!


Had he known, he was going to do a little strip-tease for ya.
Read more... )
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I hope everyone has a fantastic day tomorrow however you're spending it.

I'm enjoying watching my two kitties enjoy their third Christmas & tree. (Click each for larger views.)


Ruby's just likes to lie and stare at it from the coffee table, though she's obviously more interested in posing for everyone above. She also loves to 'undecorate" it when I'm not looking. Tux has claimed the spot behind it. Seeing him curled up there reminds me of why I love having pets, especially at Christmas.

I hope you all have such warm moments over the holidays.

J.

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[Error: unknown template qotd] I was just in for surgery last week under the knife of Dr Ross (sadly not Doug, though). 

Since my main TV crush is George Eads from CSI, then I'd like to return to the days when he was paramedic Greg Powell on ER and have him with me on the ride to the hospital. Or he could be his present self,  Nick Stokes, investigating the case that landed me in the hospital.

As to the hospital, I'm having trouble deciding between County General with the 1994 staff, Seattle Grace for the gossip or Sacred Heart for the laughs.



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Presents under the cut.

Niceties this way --> )
Hope it's a VERY HAPPY day!!! Sweet dreams.
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This neighbor from the north is thrilled with the outcome of your election. I'm mostly thrilled your country went Democrat and moved away from the fear-mongering party who made Canadians feel distrusted right from its swearing in in 2001.

I'm also thrilled that Mrs Palin was prevented from becoming VP. I didn't consider her a step forward for women or anyone else, once her religious beliefs and lack of knowledge about foreign relations became known. While I realize Mr McCain is a lot more moderate, he is over 70 years old. The likelihood was just too great he might not complete the 4 years and she would become president.

I'm thrilled that your new president is of my generation and not my parents' generation.

And it goes without saying the happiness I have for the millions of non-white Americans who now can openly dream of becoming president too.

But most of all, I'm thrilled at the voter turn out and the stories of long waits to vote that people just waited through. More people across your country felt it important to make their votes count than ever before, something we Canadians failed at just three weeks ago. The involvement inspired by this campaign is something all countries need to strive for.

It's the way election days should go.

Let's hope President-Elect Obama and VP-elect Biden live up to the majority of hopes people around the world have for them.
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So tomorrow's the big election. In 30 or so hours we'll know who your leader is for the next four years.

Being one of your closest neighbors, we're always watching you. How can we help it. American TV networks have been piped into our TV sets since TV began.

So if you all elect Mr Obama, our local magazine, Spacing, is having a party and encouraging other nation's cities to do the same. It's called the "Welcome Back America Party" and is being held in our major city squares. It's really no secret that if we Canucks were allowed to vote in your election, the choice would be overwhelmingly democrat. (Which leads to the question of why we just elected another Conservative government.)

Now, if the other guy wins, then I imagine someone will resurrect the website marryanamerican.ca, which was originally set up in 2004 to help disgruntled American Democrats find shelter in the arms of single Canadians.

Yeh, it's all done in fun. But then you knew that about us.

Happy voting tomorrow!

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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y, H I G H _ S T R I K E R !!!

Hope the day is full of all of your favorites.

--- like these two, in happier days.


Look at the loving look from N to W.

And then imagine yourself in a threesome with them!

And your presents are right this way! )Have a great day!

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Tuesday, Canada goes to the polls again.  This is the  40th election since  Confederation.  In honour of that, here's a quiz.[Poll #1278173][Poll #1278173]

EDIT: Yeh. I know this is a tough one. If you play along and then come back and "view answers", you'll find out the correct answers. Thanks for playing!
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I noticed that LJ seems to be catching the accounts that keep friending me but the journals display in Russian characters. Obviously it was some sort of bot and LJ is now deleting the accounts before I even get the new friend message. Yay.

The other good news for us Firefox users is the RTF tab is back when making or editing posts. For the last 3 weeks I had to use IE every time I wanted to update a post, especially one with a cut.

That's something to be happy about.

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian buddies.
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Since ic789 has buggered off to Las Vegas, I'll post a Friday five to keep our common friends happy.
  1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
    School teacher.I wrote out math and spelling exercises on my little blackboard. Can't remember if I just imagined students or used dolls and stuffed toys as the class. Yeh, I know. Nerd.
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  3. What is your proudest accomplishment so far
    Gees. I dunno. I've done a lot of things but nothing hugely major. Nothing in the leagues of having kids or developing a life-saving technique. I'm hoping that major accomplishment is to come in the next few years.
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  5. What is your dream job?
    Something productive that I am fully engaged by but that also has an end point. My problem with this question is that I'm currently figuring out what it is I want to do with the next phase of my life so you've caught me at a very confused/uncertain moment.
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  7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    Man, I always hate these questions. I'd like to be
    • in a loving relationship
    • doing work in line with my passions and not drudge for someone else
    • having several weeks a year to travel and rejuvenate myself. I don't want work to be my whole life.
    • still enjoying my cats.
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  9. What does it take to make you happy?
    Getting to spend time with friends and people who really draw me. If I'm having a great conversation or witnessing a great one, I'm really happy. I just need to feel I belong.

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Hello Possums!

I'm back from vaca.

What did I miss?????? .... Apart from....
  • The US election now having Vice President nominees.
  • It's all but certain Canada's going to the election polls first.
  • The company that caused the huge explosion here three weeks ago, not doing a thing to clean up the debris (Quelle surprise!!!!)
  • An outbreak of listeriosis bacteria deaths from faulty production of processed/cured meats.
  • The Canadian Gymnastics organization washing their hands of a 14 year old olympic hopeful who broke her neck in practice in July.
  • David Duchovny and his sex addiction.
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Starting Saturday, for a week. It's my annual total veg-out vacation.

I'm heading north to Cottage Country with my parents to a nice rustic resort on the lake my mum has gone to since she was 4 years old. The island in my icon is on that lake.

  • Delicious breakfasts and dinners
  • Coffee on the deck overlooking the lake
  • Time to read the newspaper at a leisurely pace
  • Lots of lounge chairs lakeside and on top of a boathouse in the sun, just waiting for me
  • Books to read
  • Sports kayaks to paddle around in
  • Small towns nearby with giftshops to browse
But no internet. So I'll be offline for the week.

FINALLY!

Aug. 16th, 2008 09:05 am
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After an 8 day drought, Canada finally medalled at the Olympics!

We got one of each within 45 minutes of each other. In chronological order, they are:

Silver in Men's rowing, 1500 metres
Gold in Women's wrestling, 45 kg
Bronze in Women's wrestling, 55 kg

Thank goodness. It was getting really embarrassing.
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It was five years ago today that a massive blackout threw much of eastern North America into darkness for at least 12 hours.

I was at work at 4:11 when the power blew..

I had the only radio --- a little walkman with speakers, so I knew pretty quickly what was going on. I walked around the office holding it up so everyone could hear.

We were let go about 1/2 hour after the power went off. I walked home most of the way with three gals I didn't normally work with. It took me 2 hours to get home and it was mostly uphill. Good workout.





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While I'm  happy with a few things in the movie, I came away unsatisfied.


So, overall, a thumbs down from me. If you're a big fan of the show, go see it, but be forewarned it's not perfect. If you weren't a regular viewer of the show, I don't think this is a good introduction to the characters. Go rent seasons 1-5 instead.

I did it!

Jul. 31st, 2008 03:31 pm
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I resigned from my job today.

I've been wanting to do this for a LONG time. Things have been rocky for me for almost the whole 10 1/2 years I've been there. Every time someone else was let go, I worried I'd be next with no chance to say goodbye to everyone.

Money kept me there. Worrying I'd not get another job. And I did try looking but that didn't work. About a month ago, the worry of what would become of me if I stayed became greater than the fear of having no job -- no income and I realized it was beyond time to go. The digestive attack this past weekend proved it, though I'd already decided.

So I'll take some recuperation time and space to figure out what to do with this life -- what I'm supposed to be contributing to this world.

My last day is August 15.

I've been smiling for most of the time since I handed in my letter. Having no income coming in for a while is scary but I'm actually really excited. I picked up a course calendar on my way home. My head is filled with all sorts of possibilities for what I could do.

I'm sure I'll crash at some point and wonder what the hell I've done, but overall, I'm really relieved.
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So, not only do I like to lead walking tours, but I love to go on walking tours. When the local organizations that lead free walks or hikes come out with their schedules for the summer, I'm all over them planning what to go on.

July 17 was circled for an evening walk around part of the Toronto Islands with a retired teacher who's taken it upon himself to become archivist of both his swanky neighborhood in town and his cottage neighborhood on the island.  I'd been on a walk with him around his city neighborhood and seen him at several local historical society meetings.  I knew what he had to say would be interesting and I wanted to go.

I rearranged my schedule and moved an appointment so I could go.

Three days before the walk, a friend told me they'd heard the leader had been arrested. Seems he had also become head of the "neighborhood watch" for his swanky neighborhood and was very strict about parking rules. So when  young family moved onto the street and couldn't fit their cars in the drive, they began parking in the street and this man had been slashing their tires every week or two for 18 months. The victims assumed  the culprit was  a teenager on the street and accused  his family.  The kid's family , to prove their son innocent, hired a detective who -- lo and behold -- caught the older man on tape slashing the tires.

Even though the arrest happened in May, the news didn't break till right before the hike I'd been looking for. One of the news reports quoted his wife saying he was now in hospital.

Surprisingly, the organizers of the hike never canceled it, but on the day, I figured it was off and went shopping.

Turns out there was more drama.

On the day that he was to lead the walk, the archivist/alleged tire slasher went off in his car, abandoned it by the harbor, and HASN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE. That's 13 days ago!

I didn't hear about that till today, because it didn't really make the news till now. The police were out dragging the lake to see if his body would turn up.


And you all thought walking tours were a pretty boring hobby!


UPDATE: July 31. The police pulled a male body from the lake today right near where the walk leader/archivist/alleged tire slasher's car was found.

UPDATE #2: An autopsy confirmed it was him.

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