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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Snacking Is Too Expensive.

It was an early morning for me, as I was up at a quarter to 5 to take my parents to the airport.  Afterwards I decided to have a bad breakfast, and bought a bag of white cheddar popcorn.  It came to $2.10 with the tax, which is the same price you'll end up paying for the standard single serving size of Lays and Old Dutch chips.  This seems like a good excuse not to buy the stuff.  Of course if a Dollarama had been open I could have bought some there, as their smaller sizes are cheaper.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Tax Return Away.

I just submitted my 2019 Canadian income tax return to the Canada Revenue Agency.  I have never sent it out this early.  Today was literally the first day for this tax season you could submit it electronically.  I actually tried to send it in after 12 AM Eastern last night, but no dice.  Perhaps it was set up to only become active after it became Monday in BC.  As usual the deadline for most people submitting their tax return is midnight, April 30, which is a Thursday this year.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Oh That Weather.

We're on a bit of a ride temperature wise in Saskatoon.  Yesterday it was just below freezing.  Today's high is expected to be minus 22 Celsius.  Tomorrow the high is expected to be a much more bearable minus 10, and minus 4 for Friday.  And of course the coldest day so far of February is the day I have to spend a lot of time outdoors.  The timing of these cycles really needs to be adjusted.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, February 7, 2020.

Yep, I'm still around, and with a gas update for you.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 107.9 cents a litre at most locations.  However at least one gas station was closed today, the Co Op station at Centre Mall, due a supposed gas shortage due to the ongoing labour dispute at the Co Op refinery in Regina.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, January 24, 2020.

A small bit of price relief to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is 110.9 cents a litre at most locations. 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Missed One.

It would be a full time job to try to keep up with all the conspiracy theories out there.  It probably wouldn't be possible.  But I'm surprised I missed this one.  I overheard some kid on the bus ranting about Justin Trudeau, and one of the things he mentioned was claims Fidel Castro is Trudeau's father.

That was a conspiracy theory I'd never heard before, but some research shows it's been floating around since at least 2016.  The claim is that Margaret Trudeau had an affair with Fidel Castro, and Justin resulted.  Supposedly Castro's eldest son Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, commonly referred to as Fidelito, referred to Justin Trudeau as his half-brother in his 2018 suicide note.  Believers think Justin Trudeau looks a lot like Fidel.

Unfortunately for the conspiracy crowd there's no evidence Margaret Trudeau met Fidel Castro before 1976, when Justin was 4 and a half.  He was conceived in April of 1971, shortly after the Trudeaus were married in March of 1971, being born on Christmas Day of  1971.  So somehow Margaret Trudeau was able to meet Fidel Castro with no one knowing about it.  Yeah, no, didn't happen

But in the end the real question should  be "So what?"  It would be an issue for the Trudeau family, but not really for anyone else.  Being Fidel Castro's son would not legally disqualify Justin Trudeau from being Prime Minister.  Unlike the US there is no provision in the Canadian Constitution requiring a PM candidate being a "natural born citizen,"  and his mother was Canadian anyways.  The last Prime Minister not born in Canada, John Turner, is still alive.  He was born in England, and became PM under the 1982 Constitution.

Of course we did see this with the Obama birther theories.  Deviating from the standard "Obama was born in Kenya, so he can't be President!" nonsense some birthers decided his real father was either African America journalist, activist, and poet Frank Marshall Davis, or Malcolm X.  Since both men were born in the United States I'm not sure how they figured this was useful in their crusade to get Obama out of office.

It would be interesting to know what this kid has been reading, because he mentioned a couple of other crank ideas.  Something from some Wexit idiot seems likely.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, January 10, 2020.

After a period of stability we see a price increase.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 112.9 cents a litre at most stations.  Given the events of the past week I'm sure this is no surprise to anyone.

The Last Walk Off.


Rush drummer Neil Peart has died.  He was 67.  He had been fighting brain cancer for the past three years, which he managed to keep quiet about.  For those familiar with him that's probably not a surprise.  Despite being drummer for one of Canada's most successful rock bands Peart was a fairly private man.  He tended to let Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson do most of the PR side of things, and that tendency became even stronger after the horrifying double blow of losing his daughter Selena in a 1997 car accident, following the death from cancer 10 months later of his common-law wife Jacqueline Taylor.  The song "Limelight," from Rush's 1981 album Moving Pictures, reflected that introverted side of Peart.  He is survived by his second wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, and their daughter Olivia.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Did Someone Keep The Receipt?

As crappy as 2019 was for so many people I'm starting to think we should go get it out of the trash and send this 2020 back to the manufacturer.  I think it's defective.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Welcome To 2020.

We made it.  So many didn't because of the events of 2019.  Hopefully things will go better for all of us this year.  That includes a whole bunch of people getting a clue and stopping their foolish behaviours.

Where did all the time go?  It just went.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

White Christmas After All.

The ground in Saskatoon wasn't bare of snow.  But there were brown patches in places, and a lot of what was on the ground looked more like spring melt snow than winter snow.  That changed over night, so if you wished for a white Christmas things are probably more to your liking now.  Just don't complain about the snow you're going to shovel.

I hope you're having a nice Christmas day, even if all it is for you is a day off.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Gas In Saskatoon, December 20, 2019.

A drop is always better than an increase, even if it's a tiny one.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 105.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully there won't be an increase for Christmas week.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Almost Done.

My Christmas shopping is, as it is ever year. limited and simple.  So I only have one more piece to buy.  However I have to wait until Sunday to pick up that last piece.  Fortunately it's easy to find.  Hopefully whatever you've got left to do is equally easy.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Today's Cassette, Friday December 13, 2019.

It was time to listen to something on cassette again after not doing so for a good while.  Tonight it's Phaedra, Tangerine Dream's first release on Virgin Records in 1974.  The album proved a success for both TD and Virgin, reaching 15 on the UK Album Chart that year.  It was also the debut of the sequencer driven sound that the group would become famous for.

Friday, December 06, 2019

Gas In Saskatoon, December 6, 2019.

Prices have wandered around quite a bit this week.  The week started with prices rising to 112.9 cents a litre.  But by today they'd dropped back down to 107.9 cents a litre at most stations.  With Federated Co Op having locked out their workers at the Regina refinery, and replacing them with replacement workers, I suspect we're going to see some price instability over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

No Cyber Monday Either.

No, I didn't do any Cyber Monday shopping either.  Which I'm sure will disappoint whoever it is at Amazon that gave me a bunch of hits today. 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

No Black Friday For Me.

Nope, I wasn't sitting in the cold freezing my rear off waiting to get into someplace at 6 AM.  I had to work.  I didn't go out after work for Black Friday shopping.  The only things I bought were things I normally buy.  Most of the stuff on sale was stuff I didn't want, and the stuff I did want was out of my price range right now.  Boxing Day is a much likely shopping day for me than Black Friday ever will be.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Gas In Saskatoon, November 29, 2019.

We actually managed to go below the buck a litre barrier, just barely.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 99.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I would expect the price is probably on its way back up soon with Christmas approaching.

Friday, November 22, 2019

XP Lives.

Microsoft may be about to end support for Windows 7.  Internet traffic is increasingly driven by smart phones.  Yet Windows XP isn't dead yet.  Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 have all come along, yet I still get the occasionally hit from machines using XP.  I guess if it works, why change it?

Friday, November 15, 2019

Gas In Saskatoon, November 15, 2019.

Another one cent drop to report.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 100.9 cents a litre at most stations.  I can't see it dropping much more, but I have been wrong before.