calzephyr: (birds)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I don't know if we're going to see this one or not. I missed the last three movies. I couldn't get past the first half hour of Phantom Menace. The hype and nostalgia buzz did nothing for me.
calzephyr: (birds)
[Error: unknown template qotd]We pay a neighbourhood kid $20 to mow our lawn. It's win win!
calzephyr: (birds)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Oh geez! Collecting was a large part of my life for some time, but now that I'm almost 40, being childless and having a small house has shaped what I collect.

Until I took a class in material culture, I never really understood why I collected, so here's some tips for anyone reading this. I had often heard that people collect things to fill a void. A collection may be one of the few things someone has control over in their life, so naturally they put a lot of effort into collecting and maintaining a collection.

Collecting involves a consumption cycle, from the acquisition to disposition phase. It's the acquisition phase where people get the most satisfaction, or the thrill of the hunt. You may spend a lot of time preparing the space for the thing to be displayed in, or reading about it, or imagining and sharing all the feelings and hopes you have for this object. Then, once said object is acquired, it's on to the next thing of great desire. I realized that it was this part that I really enjoyed too.

There's also a social aspect - if you collect something, you're bound to meet other people that share your passion. Hurrah for the Internet!

So on to the things I collected - stamps (very accessible for a young person), model horses, My Little Ponies, Kinder Surprise toys and books. All those collections have tapered off. I'm actually in the disposition phase of collecting model horses. Scarcity of collectors meant that they used to hold value - and acquiring a discontinued model horse required a laborious back and forth process involving snail mail (remember, long distance prices were $$ back in the day). Thanks to the Internet, the bottom fell out of the market. Now I have a hard enough time giving them away for free, or practically free!

I still see a lot of fun things that I would like to collect, but I stop myself and just admire online pictures instead.
calzephyr: (Christmas)
[Error: unknown template qotd]This is probably pretty tame, but I have eaten reindeer meat. A co-worker brought it back from Sweden. He joked about eating Rudolph and I had a hard time eating it. It didn't strike me as something I would try again.
calzephyr: (scholarly)
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Today I learned that former US President John Tyler's grandchildren are still alive. How, you ask, when he himself was born in 1790? Read on!
calzephyr: (Default)
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Ah, there are two! The first is Heartbreak Hotel, which always gives me the shivers! But you can't beat Elvis' voice or the optimism of "If I Can Dream":

I hope to go to Graceland again some day. I was never a huge Elvis fan until I visited Elvis' home. There really is something about Graceland that leaves a person changed.
calzephyr: (Christmas)
[Error: unknown template qotd] Art supplies and craft stuff are always appreciated!
calzephyr: (tee hee)
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Conjure up a pony!
calzephyr: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd] I think it would fun to be a bird so I could poop on the heads of people I didn't like :-D
calzephyr: (oh noes!)
[Error: unknown template qotd] We haven't had TV for at least two years, and don't miss it at all. I'd rather wait for the DVD most of the time!

I'm really not big on music, so I think I could live without music for a week.

But my phone...oh, I could not live without it, especially now that I have a smartphone. It's my memory, quite literally, these days, so I need it every day :-)
calzephyr: (Canada)
[Error: unknown template qotd] It's a bit of a toss-up for me between 1990, 1991 and 1992 because they were such solid years for good Canadian alternative/rock music when so many bands were at their peak and broke away from the sound of the previous decade (Corey Hart...Bryan Adams...ugh...) and it was lucky for them because CanCon regulations had increased by then, so you couldn't help but listen to them. If I feel nostalgic for the early 90s because I was in my teens then and it also marked the end of the Progressive Conservative era...for a while anyway!

The Northern Pikes always had prairies written all over them...

Blue Rodeo is always a class act, but Casino (1990) and Lost Together (1992) are my favourites...for the longest time they were the only Canadian band that could make a decent video...

And then it's hard to believe The Hip polished their sound enough in one year to go from Road Apples (1991) to Fully Completely (1992). All my friends were captivated by the strange darkness of this song (everyday I'm dumping the body) and it marked the end of their crappy videos.

calzephyr: (Hello!)
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This question would be a great inspiration for a drawing :-D I think any of the pet birds we have/had would invite the "outside birdies" like sparrows and robins. No big birds natch! There would probably be a nice vegetarian spread and birdie bread.
calzephyr: (ahoy!)
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The only people I will judge for their taste in music are those who really, really, really like Nickelback.
calzephyr: (Canada)
[Error: unknown template qotd] Canada must be fairly unique in that it did not gain its independence through violent means (*cough* polite means *cough*) but my family and I usually go out to Banff National Park on July 1st. There's lots going on in the townsite and admission to the park is free. I posted a few pictures in the past - I'll have to go back and retag them.
calzephyr: (cooking)
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I would marry the crockpot. How I love to turn him on ;-)
calzephyr: (Canada)
[Error: unknown template qotd] Canada's national dish is often said to be poutine - french fries covered in cheese curds and gravy. Literally it looks like a heart attack on a plate and I'm not sure it would be too appetizing to many people. You can get poutine at most fast food restaurants here; I like New York Fries. New York Fries is a Canadian company, much the way that Boston Pizza is also a Canadian company! Shawinigan Fries or Edmonton Pizza just don't roll off the tongue that nicely!

For Canada, Wikipedia suggests Poutine, Pancakes with maple syrup, Beaver tail (pastry), Butter Tarts, Nanaimo Bar, Salt cod, Pemmican, Macaroni and Cheese.

If I recall right, Canadians are really big fans of Kraft Dinner. Now Nanaimo bars...those I heartily recommend. They're total sugar bombs, but so good.
calzephyr: (scholarly)
[Error: unknown template qotd] Is it not possible to be both? After all, Brian May is both a famous musician and an astrophysicist :-)
calzephyr: (Uh Oh)
[Error: unknown template qotd]If cryogenics became a real, affordable option (i.e., if you could freeze your body until aging and illnesses were better understood), would you consider it?

I'd have to say no, because the future is not always what it's cracked up to be. There was an excellent issue of Transmetropolitan that explored what happened to people who were frozen - they suffered from a sort of future shock and ended up in homeless shelters because the future had no reverance for the past, only a contractual obligation to fulfill.

If so, do you fear you'd miss out on the wisdom that comes with growing old and dying?

This is the illogical part of the question, because all living organisms grow old and die; cryogenics just time-shifts it (in theory).
calzephyr: (mysterious)
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Not to answer this question specifically, but I believe buildings can give off a vibe. When we were house hunting, we saw a perfectly normal, nice newer house. It was clean and well-decorated, but it just made me feel uncomfortable. I could never put my finger on it, but it wasn't a house I wanted to live in.

Now, our house, as soon as I stepped into it, gave me nothing but good vibes. I do believe I clapped my hands and spun in a circle before even seeing the whole house. I had a cold at the time, so it was possible I had had too much in the way of OTC drugs. But previous owner had a doll collection, the daughter had a toy horse collection (Grand Champions), they had soon as I walked into our house I knew it was home! We later met the previous owners when they came back for a neighbourhood barbecue. We got along really well with them, and we had the feeling they would have been good neighbours to have :-)
calzephyr: (tee hee)
[Error: unknown template qotd] I love corny jokes! The cornier the better! When I was a teenager I hated them and said "That's so corny!" a lot. Something changes in old age ;-) And speaking of...

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee."

The husband said, "You are in charge of the cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee."

Wife replies, "No you should do it, and besides it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee."

Husband replies, "I can't believe that, show me." So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and shows him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says:



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