Sunday, September 13, 2020

Breakaway Day Greetings.

 Another year has gone by, and once again it's September 13th.  It's been 21 years since September 13, 1999.

I was recently watching bits and pieces of 2001: A Space Odyssey.   Once again the thought came to mind that if someone had done a TV series spinoff of 2001 it would have looked a lot like the first season of Space:  1999.  The visual influence of the former on the latter is pretty obvious.  I'm guessing some of the plots would have easily been transferable between the two.  

And for those who didn't know September 13th is Barbara Bain's birthday.  She turns 89 today.  I wonder if this was coincidence, or if the choice of a date for Breakaway was because she co-starred in the series.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, September 11, 2020.

 A price drop to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 102.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I wouldn't be surprised if we see another small drop next week.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, August 28, 2020.

 The last Friday of August sees gas prices up.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 106.9 cents a litre at most stations.  It will be interesting to see how long this price lasts, as the summer travel season comes to an end.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Zero Day.

 Good news on the COVID 19 front.  Today Saskatchewan reported no new cases.  Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.  To date we have had 1601 cases, 1490 of which have recovered.  We've had 23 deaths.  

Friday, August 21, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, August 21, 2020.

 Seems to me that it's time to bring this back.  Gas in Saskatoon is currently 101.9 cents a litre at most stations.  The price has sat at that point for a good while now, so it may be a bit before there's another one of these posts.  Or maybe not given that the Labour Day long weekend is coming up.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Willy's Not In Quarantine.

I've received another hit on a Where's Willy bill I'd definitely been hoping for.  On April 12, 2018, I received my first hit on a bill outside North America.  After turning up in Watson, Saskatchewan in December of 2017 it reappeared in Pago Pago, the capital city of American Samoa.  Now it's turned up in Strathmore, Alberta.  So to date it's travelled some 13,797 kilometers.  Hopefully it will turn up again.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

He Can Take The Hit.

Major League Baseball may soon be playing again, but two big names won't be.  David Price has announced he will not be pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year due to concerns over COVID 19.  He's the second high profile player to make such an announcement, as Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals has also said he won't play in this year's abbreviated season.

Price will be losing 11.9 million dollars for not playing.  But he can take the hit.  He made 31 million dollars last year.  Zimmerman made a mere 2 million last year.  Of course an obvious question is how might the layoff effect Price's pitching next year.  He's 34.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Forgotten Concepts.

I was just looking through a bunch of old fragments of fiction pieces I've written.  Unfortunately I haven't got a clue what some of them were supposed to be about.  What was there just didn't have enough context to know where I was going with them.  A lot of stuff builds up over the years.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Mocking The Clickbait 20: Twice As Patriotic As You.

Canadian Canadian Casino Forced To Fire Manager.  Here's Why.

A Canadian Canadian manager.  As opposed to just a Canadian manager.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Definitely The Wrong Target.

I just saw a video ad for "KPop training."  I am definitely not the right target for that.  Any company producing KPop would laugh their heads off at the idea of me as a KPop singer.  I'm several decades too old for the job.

Friday, May 08, 2020


This afternoon has been kind of a throwback here.  It was 15 degrees this morning, but by mid afternoon it was only 3.  It's been raining for a good while, and now that rain has been joined by snow.  So you'd be forgive thinking it was November if you were spending time outside/  On top of that tonight's expected low is minus -2.  I'm quite glad I had no reason to spend time outside this afternoon.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

45 Degrees.

April began with mid winter temperatures around -20 C.  April ends with summer type weather, with the temperature currently 25 C.  There's even the chance of an evening thunderstorm.   A 45 degree difference in 30 days.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Mocking The Clickbait 19: You Are Correct.

You'd Be Surprised How Many Canadians Rushed To Try These Casino Jackpots.

Definitely.  Canadian casinos are currently closed because of COVID 19.  It's kind of hard to gamble when the doors are locked, and the staff are staying at home.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Nature's April Fools.

It's fair to say pretty much everyone in Saskatoon considers April 1 to be spring.  But you wouldn't know it by the weather today.  When I got up this morning it was around -20 C.  It snowed yesterday, and a bit more today.  So it looks like November here.  It's not supposed to get above freezing until Monday.  This is one April Fools trick I don't appreciate.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

"Try Not To Go Too Often."

This may soon be the order for sailors on the US aircraft carriers USS Gerald R. Ford and USS George H. W. Bush.  Reports are that the toilet systems on them need expensive maintenance to prevent clogging.  It's the kind of thing that leaves you scratching your head.  The Ford class are the US Navy's newest carrier design, so you'd expect problems.  But toilets?  You'd think shipboard toilet design would be a pretty well understood field.  The Ford cost 12.8 billion dollars to build

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Bit Unexpected.

I actually got a Willy hit today.  I was expecting that it might be a good while before my next one, since a lot of people will be spending less money due to staying at home more and trying to spend less.  There has also been talk that some people are avoiding bills because of the possibility of catching something off them, and that some businesses are asking people to use credit and debit cards if possible for the same reason.  I'm not sure how much difference that might make, since at many businesses you'll still need to touch the equipment in some way while using your card.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon On Hiatus.

Because of the ongoing COVID 19 crisis I'll be suspending these posts for a while.  I'll probably be limiting my outings to the work I do and grocery shopping, so I won't be able to keep track of prices.  Earlier in the week it was 78.9 cents a litre, a price I never expected to see again.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, March 13, 2020.

Gas has long been flirting with the one dollar litre mark here.  Then COVID 19 and the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia smashed the barrier.  Gas is currently 93.9 cents a litre at most stations, a price we haven't seen in a very long time.    I wouldn't be surprised to see it go below 90 cents soon, but probably not much lower.  But I've been wrong before.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

COVID 19 Arrives.

Unfortunately COVID 19 has arrived in Saskatchewan, and Saskatoon.  A man in his 60s, who had visited Egypt, began to exhibit symptoms.  He is now considered a presumptive case, and is self isolating at home.  Hopefully that is all he will need to do.  It was really only a matter of time.  If we're lucky the number of cases here will be low.

Meanwhile Saskatoon Fire Station Number 4 is under a precautionary quarantine after firefighters were called to help a person who had been tested for COVID 19.  A pair of paramedics, and several people involved in dentistry, are also under precautionary quarantine.

The 49th annual Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammies, were supposed to be held in Saskatoon on Sunday.  They've now been cancelled.

And nationally Prime Minster Trudeau, and his wife Sophie, are now self isolating. She began to exhibit possible symptoms late last night, so they will stay isolated until she's been tested.

Friday, March 06, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, March 6, 2020.

I doubt it's much of a surprise that the price is down again.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 101.9 cents a litre at most stations.