Friday, July 20, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, July 20, 2018.

Another trickle down this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 125 cents a litre at most locations.  And again we have a price that doesn't match previous practice, missing the typical X tenths of a cent.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, July 13, 2018.

We had some price relief this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 126.4 cents a litre at most locations.  But at one point it was at 127.1 cents a litre.  I've never seen gas sold at a .1 cent a litre division before in this market.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Instagram Is Dangerous.

I decided to look for a few things on Instagram.  The result?  Too damn much time spent running various tag searches through their search engine.  Even some pretty specific ones popped up several hundred results.  More general ones can pop up tens of thousands.  And when you look at the tags on the photos you find even more interesting tags to look at. 

(No, I won't tell you what I was looking for.  It wasn't anything horrible or explicit.  Just things that I'm keeping to myself.)

Friday, July 06, 2018


It's 11:45 PM, and according to our thermometers it's 28 degrees Celsius at the moment.  That's over 80 degrees for any American visitors.  That's not a temperature you normally expect here this late at night even in summer.  So if you've got some cool weather to spare tonight send it our way.

Gas In Saskatoon, July 6, 2018.

It's not a good week for Saskatoon drivers.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 131.9 cents a litre at most stations.  It will be interesting to see if we get near the buck fifty a litre mark before the end of this year.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Happy Canada Day!

Hopefully you'll have a good Canada Day.  Saskatoon residents will probably be a bit disappointed at the moment, as it's raining.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, June 29, 2018.

It's been a while, but we've finally had a notable price change.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 120.4 cents a litre at most locations.

We've also had a new player enter the market.  Mobil is now in Saskatoon.  Last year Loblaws sold 200 some gas stations it owned to Mobil.  Billboards appeared a month or so back in Saskatoon announcing their arrival.  Loblaws had 4 stations in Saskatoon connected to the Real Canadian Superstores on 8th Street, and Confederation Drive, and at the Independent Grocers at Wanuskewin Road, and Herrold Road.  But even with the change in brand you'll still be able to use your PC Optimum card at those stations.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Take Care Of Your Teeth.

Seriously, if you can visit a dentist.  I didn't for a long time and I'm suffering the consequences as a result.  Things would be a lot better if I'd done something sooner.

My current dental clinic is Wheatland Dental if you're looking for a Saskatoon dentist.  They've done fine by me given the mess my mouth is.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Still Open.

To follow up my last post here's a correction.  The 7-Eleven on 22nd Street is in fact still open.  It will be closing on the 29th, so if for some reason you really feel the need to go there you still have time.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Three Down.

It might seem that 7-Elevens never go out of business, but we now have three less in Saskatoon.  The stores on 22nd Street, Broadway, and 8th Street across from Grosvenor Mall have all closed up.  Some posters on reddit claim that problems with theft was a reason for this, but I'll take that with a grain of salt.  Of course there are still plenty around if you need a Slurpee fix. 

One I'm surprised is still in business in the same place is the one on Central Avenue.  That's one of the first, or perhaps the first, stores of the chain in Saskatoon.  I can remember going into it in the late '70s.  It's small and cramped, and has a tiny parking lot.  So you'd think it would have moved to some other location by now.  Compare it to the nearby Circle K(recently rebranded from Macs) at 108th Street and Central, which is a much larger store with more parking.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sprite Zero Versus Diet 7 Up.

Having had bottles of both in the last few days I have to give the edge to Diet 7 Up.  I like the taste a big better, and a 2 litre Diet 7 Up bottle fits into the door shelf of my fridge.  Sprite Zero's 2 litre bottle is just a bit too tall.  Other 2 litre Coke products have the same problem.

A problem with both in my market is that it's almost impossible to find an individual single serving size of either.  A few places carry Diet 7 Up, but I don't think I've seen Sprite Zero.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Beyond The Five Second Rule.

Some people practice the so-called five second rule when it comes to food.  Personally I practice the no second rule, unless it's something raw that can be washed off.  But this of course doesn't apply in dreams.  Last night I dreamed I was cooking fried potatoes on the sidewalk.  At night, while walking on the same sizzling hot sidewalk.  Somehow I wasn't getting burned, and I also mused that I didn't have a problem cooking them this way, despite not wanting dirt on other things in my life. 

Dreams are weird, aren't they? 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

A La Beetlejuice.

It's been a good while since I've done this, but it came to mind today.  So, in today's episode of Shameless Hit Mongering, we'll say the phrase that hopefully pays three times:

Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson.
Jordan Peterson.

If you've been paying attention to online articles about Peterson you've probably seen the comments sections accompanying those articles balloon with Peterson supporters.  A good example was Ed Brayton's post yesterday on Dispatches From The Culture Wars.  A bunch of people showed up to set Ed and everyone else straight.  Not that it really worked.  So I'm curious to see if I suddenly get a bunch of hits merely by mentioning his name.  Not that Shameless Hit Mongering has worked much in the past.

Peterson won't be getting a blog tag at this time.  I suspect his fifteen minutes will be done sooner than a lot of people expect.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, June 1, 2018.

The big price jump a lot of people have been expecting still hasn't happened. Gas in Saskatoon has actually dropped to 122.9 cents a litre at most locations. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Another (Stupid) Guaranteed Winning Strategy.

Back in October(I thought it was more recent than that) I presented a strategy for the Daily Grand lottery that will allow you to win on every draw.  We now have a new lottery in my neck of the woods, Pick 2, and once again I can guarantee you'll win on every draw.

Pick 2 is simple to play.  You pick 2 numbers, each ranging from 0 to 9.  If you pick the right first number you'll win.  So all you have to do is play every first number every draw, and you'll win.

The catch is that this will cost you 20 bucks, since each Pick 2 ticket is 2 bucks.  And what do you get if you get the right first number?   2 bucks.  So you'll be spending 20 bucks to win 2.  To win the big prize on Pick 2, which is 99 bucks, you need to get both numbers right.  For example to win last night's big prize you needed to play 17, while the people who played 10, 11, 12 etc. won 2 bucks.

How do you choose the second number?  I haven't got a clue.  You could either play the same second number for each ticket(01, 11, 21 etc.) or play a different one for each ticket(01, 12, 23 etc.), but as far as I can tell neither would be more effective than the other.

Is someone stupid enough to follow my strategy?  I sure hope not, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone does.  Of course if you're really stupid you could play every number every draw.  That would cost you 200 bucks, to ensure you win 117 bucks.  At least with just playing all the first numbers there's a chance you'll win the 99 buck top prize, and if that happens you'll have made 79 bucks by spending 20.  The odds of winning the big prize on Pick 2?  1 in 100.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, May 18, 2018.

Things are down again a bit.  Gas in Saskatoon has dropped to 124.4 cents a litre at most locations.  But a number of watchers expect a jump up in price soon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mocking The Clickbait 12: And They Can Stay There!

Putting Onions In A Zip Lock Is The One Hack You Just Have To Know.

I can actually sort of agree with that.  Putting onions in a zip lock bag is the best place for them.  Unfortunately these horrible people actually mean for you to use those evil creations later.  But don't listen to them.  Just say no to onions.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Turkey Sandwich.

I had a couple for supper, and I had to resist the temptation for a third.  They were very simple, just a couple of  slices of store bought sliced turkey, a couple slices of cheddar, some mustard, a bit of pepper, and white bread.  I threw a bit of Kraft parmesan on the second.

Compare that to the last sandwiches I had, last Sunday.  I got it into my head to make a couple of Monte Cristo sandwiches, since there was some sliced ham left over from a previous meal.  So I went out to buy some sliced turkey and some Swiss cheese slices.  I also threw in some cheddar.  In the end they weren't bad at all, but the egg batter didn't quite work the way I wanted it to.  There are so many different Monte Cristo recipes out there, and that variation includes how the egg batter is made.  No jam or other sweet stuff was involved in mine, since that isn't something I've seen with the restaurant versions I've ordered in Saskatchewan.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, May 11, 2018.

I had expected a major price change last week.  But it finally happened.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 127.9 cents a litre at most stations.  I expect it will probably go up again in fairly short order.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

May Zap.

I just came in from my morning travels, and it was a good thing.  It's been raining for about 15 minutes, and I wasn't wearing a jacket.  But it's just rain so far.  The 11 o'clock forecast says there's a chance of a thundershower today.  That's something we usually don't associate with this early in May.  Lightning or not we can use the rain to damp down the dust a bit.