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Thursday, July 30, 2015

When I Rule The World 28.

Texting and other playing with your phone will be forbidden when you're standing in line at the supermarket check out, airport check in etc.  You're supposed to be paying attention to the person behind the counter, not your electronic toy.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Good Show, Joe Lauzon.

Lauzon just beat Takanori Gomi at UFC Fight Night: Dillishaw vs. Barao 2.  Lauzon actually stopped the fight with Gomi by himself after knocking Gomi out.  Referee Herb Dean took another 20 seconds or so to agree with Lauzon.  It's good to see a fighter aware enough to know when to stop a fight without intervention.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Big 900.

It's finally happened.  I received my 900th Where's Willy hit tonight.  It's not a particularly interesting hit, but I can't complain.   This was my 754th bill hit, so my next milestone will be the 800 bills hit mark.  Hopefully my frequency of hits will pick up a bit soon, or that 800th bill to be hit will be sometime next year.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tagging Up.

Lately I've been adding tags to some of my old blog posts.  As always it's really interesting to see the kind of things I wrote in the past, some of which I wouldn't write now because some of my attitudes have changed.  And of course it's interesting how many posts I used to write.  It would be great to put out that amount of posts again.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, July 17, 2015.

Another unstable week to report.  Gas rose this week to 113.9 cents a litre.  However it then fell yesterday to 106.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Will go up next week, down next week, or both?  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ugly.

Anyone else think the caps they made the players in the MLB All Star Game wear are kind of ugly?

I've never really been a fan of the All Star Game.  It just doesn't seem that important to me.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, July 10, 2015.

A small drop to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 108.9 cents a litre at most locations.  But given the way prices have been bouncing around I'll be completely unsurprised if prices go back  up next week.

More Than I Expected.

If you've been paying attention to the Confederate battle flag controversy in the US you've probably heard that The Dukes of Hazzard has been pulled from the rerun network TV Land.  The Dukes drove around in a Dodge Charger with a Confederate flag on the rood, so a lot of people don't think it's a good idea to be showing the series.  Thinking about the series this morning got me wondering how much fanfiction there is.  There's more than I thought.  Fanfiction.net, the biggest fanfiction site, has more that 1100 stories based on the series.  That's a lot more than some other series of similar vintage. 

Sonic Frustration.

I'm sitting here listening to CBC Radio One on AM on my clock radio.  You can occasionally hear lightning static in the background.  Alas that thunderstorm isn't nearby.  We really need some rain.  The forecast says there's a chance of rain this afternoon and tomorrow, but so did a bunch of previous forecasts with no results.

So if you've got a weather machine, send some rain our way.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

"Does This Store...

...make me look fat?"

This odd version of a cliché phrase came to mind when I heard that  the Save-On-Food grocery store chain will be coming to Saskatchewan.  Save-On-Foods is part of the Overwaitea Food Group, which still includes 15 Overwaitea grocery stores in BC.  It's a name that seems a bit odd to still see in our weight obsessed era, given how close it sounds to overweight.  Not that there seems to be any intent to operate Overwaitea branded stores in Saskatchewan.

Where might Save-On-Foods set up shop in Saskatoon?  The new Brighton neighbourhood, which is just starting to be created on Saskatoon's east side is an obvious location.  Getting the first grocery store in the area could be a big advantage to a new to the city chain.  Another possibility is the Cumberland Square property on 8th Street, which is about to be demolished as part of a major redevelopment.  It would have the possible disadvantage of a Sobeys being across the street.  Existing Safeway stores would also be a potential problem for the other potential locations, the now empty Target spaces in the Centre Mall and Lawson Height Mall, and the old Zellers space in Market Mall.  Market Mall also has its ongoing demographic problem, being located in a neighbourhood with one of the oldest per capita populations in Canada.

Store are also planned for Regina, Moose Jaw, and Yorkton.  I could see them building a store in Martensville or Warman at some point giving the growing population of those towns and nearby Dalmeny, more that 15 thousand people between them at this point.

Whatever the case you aren't likely to be shopping in a Save-On-Foods store here anytime soon.  Even if construction were to begin in short order I doubt we'd see a store open before the Spring of 2016 at the earliest.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Guess They've Never Met Any.

I had to roll my eyes at a clickbait ad I just saw.  It's one of those "Do this weird thing to avoid X!" type of ads, and the headline claimed Chinese men never go bald.  Sounds like someone needs to get out of their office for a bit. Chinese men are less likely to bald than white men, but many do. 

Monday, July 06, 2015

BK Chicken Fries.

Chances are you've seen the ads for them if you're a Canadian.  After being bombarded by them for several weeks I decided to try some today.  I don't think I'll buy them again.  They weren't horrible, but they were kind of tasteless, and the chicken seemed a bit rubbery.  Perhaps my package sat on the warming tray too long, and I suspect the amount of chicken in each one is a bit too little for good flavour.  On the other hand a combo with medium fries and medium drink was $6.30, which is a nice price.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, July 3, 2015.

Another pingpong week to report, which generally isn't a good  thing.  At the start of the week gas dropped to 105.9 cents a litre.  But now it has jumped back up.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 110.9 cents a litre at most locations.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Good Bye, Chris.

What an unpleasant surprise tonight when I learned Chris Squire died yesterday of leukemia.  He was 67.  Squire was the only consistent member of Yes from its formation in 1968 to his death, and was one of the most influential rock bass players of the 1970s.  In memoriam here are a couple of great examples of his playing with Yes.
 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Geezering Continues.

Once again I find myself questioning Bellator's promotional strategy.  Yesterday they signed Josh Koscheck.  Yes, some people will no doubt argue at 37 I shouldn't be calling him a geezer, but chronological age is a bit more complicated in the fight game.  Koscheck has been fighting regularly, his last bout being on March 15th of this year, but he's lost five in a row, his last win coming February 4, 2012.  So it's not hard to see why the UFC decided not to renew his contract.  His new Bellator contract has been described as multiyear, but it's hard not to think this is wishful thinking, unless he gets some soft opponents.  Is nostalgia really something you want to hang your ratings hopes on?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Attention, Anti-Gay Marriage Americans!

Canada has had gay marriage for a decade.  So that idea you had about moving up here because of today's US Supreme Court ruling?  Think again.

Oh, and we also don't let people buy handguns like candy, which some of you also think is a good idea.

Gas In Saskatoon, June 26, 2015.

It's sad that gas prices never seem to go down as fast as they can go up, but down is better than up.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 110.9 cents a litre at most locations.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Go Phillies!

Keep it up.  Pound on the Yankees again tonight.  Over here in Blue Jays land you did us a favour. Of course the Jays helped themselves by winning at Tropicana Field, a place they've had trouble winning in over the years.  Who knows, maybe this is the beginning of your stunning comeback.

Of course you guys need to lose when you play the Jays later this year, especially if they're still in contention.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Have We Met?

I mean this quite literally.  I sometimes wonder if anyone who has passed through here is someone from my past. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ken Shamrock Versus Kimbo Slice.

Come on.

Seriously, Bellator, what the hell were you guys thinking?  Shamrock is too old, and Slice never lived up to the hype once he hit the MMA circuit.  And the fight was pretty awful, as I'd expected  Please, rethink your strategy.