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.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tax Time!

Don't forget that tomorrow at midnight is the deadline for submitting many Canadian tax returns.  I did mine so I don't have to worry anymore.  Hopefully if you have a complex return you've done it already, especially if you use a professional service to prepare it.  I would imagine they'll be pretty busy tomorrow.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, April 20, 2018.

Not a pleasant week to gas up your car.  Gas in Saskatoon jumped to 122.9 cents a litre early in the week.  Today it dropped down to 120.9 cents a litre.  In any case I doubt we'll seen anything near the dollar a litre mark for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Snow Again.

Ugh.  I woke up this morning to find it's snowing.  The forecast says we might get up to five centimeters.  Conditions aren't likely to be as bad as some of you further east in North America have seen, and the high will be above freezing.  But it's still snow.  I'd really like some proper April conditions before the month is gone.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, April 13, 2018.

Another tiny drop this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is currently 114.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it will drop further.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Willly Goes Abroad.

My latest hit at Where's Willy is a real cool one.  A bit that I had a hit on in December in Watson, Saskatchewan has turned up in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  It's the first hit I've had outside North America.  Hopefully this isn't the last hit for this bill, as it would be really neat to see where else it will go.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Sympathy For Humboldt.

I know me posting this is only a drop in the bucket, but if you've been effected by the Broncos tragedy I hope things get better for you in the best way possible.  There are lots of people out there willing to help, even if it's only by listening. 

For those of you that didn't hear about this late Friday afternoon a bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos, a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, was hit by a semi-trailer  truck near the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan.  15 people were killed.  14 more were injured, at least one of whom may not walk again.  

Friday, April 06, 2018

Gas In Saskatoon, April 6, 2018.

A small tick down to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is currently 115.4 cents a litre at most stations.  There was a suggestion the price might go up this week, but it fortunately didn't happen.

Thursday, April 05, 2018


Winter just does not want to go away in Saskatoon.  As I write this Environment Canada says the temperature is -13 C.  Not the kind of daytime temperature you expect for April.  Apparently we won't see above freezing weather until next Tuesday at least.  At this rate I wouldn't be surprised if there are still patches of snow around at the beginning of May.