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Friday, June 24, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, June 24, 2016.

A nice gas price to report this Friday.  Since the last entry the price of gas has slowly crept down.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 98.4 cents a litre at most locations.  However next Friday is Canada Day, so a lot of people expect the price of gas to go up by then.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

You'll Never Read Them.

I was thinking about comments I've made to various websites over the years.  I think some of them are the best things I've written online, often better than the things that get posted here.  But you'll never read them unless you happen to visit those websites.  I guess I need to up my game here.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, June 17, 2016.

After last week's big jump the price of gas in Saskatoon has trickled back down.  As of today gas in Saskatoon is 108.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it will continue to go down.

Not Quite Who They Want.

In recent years there's been a lot of talk about getting more people to live in downtown Saskatoon.  This morning I saw a possible resident of the downtown area that isn't quite who they'd want to move in.  It was a jackrabbit, running down the sidewalk on 3rd Avenue.  Apparently it was a smart jackrabbit, since they weren't in the middle of the street.  Wherever he was going I hope he didn't get run over. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, June 10, 2016.

Another week of topsy turvy gas prices to report.  At the beginning of the week gas had dropped to 107.4 cents a litre.  But yesterday saw a 10 cent jump, with gas hitting 117.9 cents a litre.  In mid January it was at just under the 80 cent mark.

Of course if you looked at the right stations it seemed as if the price of gas was zero cents a litre for part of the week.  Petro Canada stations had their pumps shut down due to lack of fuel deliveries, the result of problems at Suncor's Edmonton refinery   So their gas price signs displayed a price of zero cents a litre.  I bet at least one driver tried to fill up at one of those stations, thinking he could actually get free gas.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

That Jose Cuervo Ad.

I don't know where else it airs, but you've probably seen it multiple times if you watch Canadian TV.  It revolves around the Rolling Stones' 1972 tour.  The music in the ad?  "Miss You."

Which was released in 1978, on the album Some Girls.

I find that annoying.  If you can get the rights to a Stones tune why wouldn't you use one heard in 1972?  Apparently the ad agency that created it, McCann, figured one '70s Stones tune was as good as another. 

I doubt Mick and Keith care, since they'll get paid for it.  But I personally find it kind of annoying.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, June 3, 2016.

Friday was not a good day to buy gas in Saskatoon.  By Thursday the price had dropped to 101.9 cents a litre.  But Friday saw a large jump to 111.9 cents a litre at most locations.  This may be attributable to a shutdown of Suncor's Edmonton refinery, which provides gas to Petro-can stations in Western Canada, and those stations are expected to have shortages.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, May 27, 2016.

The last Friday of May saw the price of gas go up.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 105.9 cents a litre at most locations.  With oil now above 50 dollars a barrel as a result of the Fort McMurray fires this isn't a big surprise. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Back From Beyond.

It seems my Googlefu needs some work.  After a long, long absence webcomic artist Sage Leaves has returned from parts unknown.  Blip is once more being updated, although very slowly, and the archive of past strips is reappearing.  So if you were reading the series go over there and take a look around.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, May 20, 2016.

This afternoon was not a good time to fill up your car in Saskatoon.  Gas jumped to 101.9 cents a litre after having dropped to 94.4 cents a litre at the beginning of the week.  Since it's Victoria Day weekend people are not surprisingly blaming this for the price increase.

Monday, May 16, 2016

New Toasters...

...are kind of a pain in the ass.  You have to tinker with them to figure out how to cook stuff to the level you like.  And modern toasters tend to make that a bit more complicated than the old ones.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Waterloo, Ontario Region Cat Fans...

...there's an older cat looking for a home in your area.  Maybe you can help out.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, May 13, 2016.

Another pingpong week to report, and not in a good way.  At the beginning of the week gas dropped to 89.4 cents a litre.  But Thursday it took a large jump to 98.9 cents a litre at most locations.  A further increase to past the one dollar mark next week won't be much of a surprise. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

One Simple Thing Not To Do.

There's a recipe floating around at the moment for making "Bernie Sanders glowsticks."  If you've actually seen this do NOT attempt it.  The result won't be a homemade glowstick, but a chlorine bomb.  Chlorine gas can kill.  Don't make it.

Whoever posted it originally should be charged with something.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

More Competition.

Last year it was announced that Save-On-Foods would be entering the Saskatoon market.  At the time I speculated the first one might be in Saskatoon's new Brighton neighbourhood.  These week signs advertising Brighton went up along the far end of College Drive, with one listing businesses that will be built within.  One of them is Save-On-Foods.

It will be nice to have some more competition in the market.  Safeway and Sobeys now have their sales prices synchronised, so products they both offer are on sale at the same time, reducing the change of finding a specific product on sale when you might go shopping.  Perhaps Save-On will carry some products the existing chains in the Saskatoon market don't, and it will be interesting to compare things like bakery products to what can be found here at the moment. 

But don't go running out to check it out just yet.  A Regina Leader Post article covering the opening of the first Regina Save-On-Foods on April 1 states the first Saskatoon location won't open until 2017.  That seems likely, since Brighton is in the early stages of things like roads being put in.  I suspect even opening for the Christmas 2016 season isn't likely, and probably we'll have to wait until March or April of 2017.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, May 6, 2016.

A small tick down to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 92.4 cents a litre at most locations.  However, I suspect the price will soon be going up due to the ongoing forest fire crisis in the Fort McMurray, Alberta  region.  Even if most oil production is unaffected the gas companies will probably use the fires as an excuse for raising prices.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Heavy Sleeper?

I don't think of myself as one, but apparently I was last night.  There was a brief shower sometime overnight, including at least one crack of thunder, but it didn't wake me up.  Too bad, as I would have liked to see if there was any lightning.

We need more than a short shower, however.  Conditions here are dry, leading to grass fires and poor conditions for planting crops.  The current forecast calls for a 60 percent chances of showers on Monday, but even that could do with improvement.  Got any rain to spare?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ted Quits.

Too bad he couldn't drag The Donald away with him.

(And in case you visit, no, Ted, I'm not giving you a tag.)

Monday, May 02, 2016

Get Filling Those Forms!

In case you've forgotten it's tax time in Canada.  The deadline for most of us is midnight tonight.  They even gave us an extra two days this year, since April 30 was a Saturday.  So if you haven't done so  yet, you'd better break out the forms and get scribbling.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A Song For Today.

Here is a song appropriate for today.  Well, the title is at least.  Warning, it mentions cat kicking.



I'm sure most of you can figure out who Ronnie is. But Connie? That would be Konstantin Chernenko. If you remember who he is you're old like me.