Archive for November, 2008


Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Today was the first Sunday in Advent, the four weeks leading up to the day when we’ll celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  It was a good day at our little faith community, from the worship service (Marc spoke) through the afternoon Advent service (with songs, readings etc. from young and old), continuing on with a shared supper and a rousing game of Pictionary where the women beat the men by a narrow margin.

Something that impacted me today was this video clip that was shown during the worship service …

I’d like to think that I wouldn’t kill anyone for  Christmas bargains, as happened a couple of days ago, but I am as susceptible as the average person to the consumerism that pervades western society, and I need these reminders about where my priorities should be.

UPDATE: I realized that the YouTube clip above was the American version, so I’ve replaced it with the Canadian version (basically the same except for the amount spent on Christmas)

They had trouble finding a 300 pound actor

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

The Tudors - King Henry VIII

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, playing King Henry VIII in television series “The Tudors”


King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

What, you wanted realism with your soft-core porn?

First the socks and then the boots

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

… But we’re puttin’ our socks on over our boots here, aren’t we?  We’re gettin’ a little bit ahead of ourselves, slidin’ down the hill without really knowin’ where the cactus are …”

Pecos Bill (narrated by Robin Williams)

Unfortunately determining priorities and following through in the most logical order isn’t a strength of mine.  I find myself wasting far too much time jumping ahead to the interesting stuff before the mundane first steps have been completed.

In my disorganized life, prioritization is one more opportunity for improvement (OFI in my acronym-loving workplace).


Saturday, November 15th, 2008

If you see my lovely wife today, wish her a happy birthday.

And wish me success with putting together an edible birthday supper.

UPDATE:  Luke’s all over the supper, so I’m off the hook.

No dinner for me

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Some people like ambiguity.  I don’t.  Hence for example my preference for the International date format, which I blogged about on 2007-09-13.

But today’s post isn’t about dates, it’s about dinner. Specifically, the fact that half the time I don’t know which meal is being referred to when people use the word “dinner”.

I grew up referring to the mid-day meal as dinner.  Like other Saskatchewan farm folks our family ate three square meals every day, being breakfast, dinner, and supper.

However I have also rubbed shoulders with people who insist that the mid-day meal is properly called lunch and the late afternoon/evening meal is dinner, and only hillbillies believe otherwise.

My solution?  I avoid that ambiguous word “dinner.”  Today I ate lunch (not dinner) at noon, and after returning home from work I ate my supper (not dinner).

No dinner for me, thank you very much.

I don’t want to talk about it

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Lions thump Riders and advance to West final

Another Auntie is gone

Friday, November 7th, 2008

OLSON, RUTH OLIVE Ruth Olive Olson, of Camrose, Alberta, passed away on November 5, 2008 at the age of 91 years. She is survived by one son, Roger (Carol); four grandchildren, Kaele (Shawn) Rogers, Erin, Rachel and Michael; five stepgrandchildren, Dolores (Ken), Joe (Marg), Terry (Jean), Elise (Ernie), Dale (Sally); numerous step-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren; one brother, Phil (Gladie) Sollid; one sister, Esther (Alan) Danielson; five sisters-in-law, Arna Sollid, Ruth Sollid, Helen Olson, Esther Tjosvold, Irene Archibald; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her first husband, Benjamin Olson; second husband, Maynard Olson; five brothers, Conrad, Lawrence, Orvid, Ken and Art. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Brethren Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. …

… etc. (full obituary can be found here for a limited time.)

I’ve only seen Auntie Ruth a couple of times in the last ten or so years as she’s lived in Camrose, but I’ve got good memories of time spent with my cousin Roger at their house in Saskatoon when I was in my teens and 20s.

This picture was taken in the summer of 2007 when we dropped in for a half-hour visit on our way to Pigeon Lake.

Auntie Ruth with Roger and children

Auntie Ruth was a truly saintly woman.

Peace to her memory.

I love the CBC

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Sometime in the early 1970s I heard a song from Bruce Cockburn’s “Joy Will Find A Way” album, I think it might have been “A long-time-love song”, on the CBC radio program “Touch the Earth”.  To the best of my knowledge I hadn’t previously been exposed to Cockburn’s music, and I wanted to hear more.  When I had enough money scraped together, I went out and purchased that LP, one of my first ever.

CBC radio has continued to provide a welcome alternative to the mainstream radio alternatives ever since, and for that I’m grateful.

I heart CBC

However sometimes tough love is required.  That’s why I’ve been known to criticize Canada’s national broadcaster.

Worrisome statistics

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be hosting the B.C. Lions this Saturday in the CFL western conference semifinal.  I agree with the CBC’s prediction of a Saskatchewan win, but I can’t help worrying about this statement:


Worrisome stat: Saskatchewan has thrown the most interceptions this season. B.C. has picked off the most. Hmmm.


Will we see the good Michael Bishop, or the bad Michael Bishop?  If Bishop throws a bunch of interceptions early on, will coach Miller pull him in favour of Durant or Jyles?  We’ll see.

Dylan road trip

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Since so many of my readers (namely Marc and Dan) have asked for a report on the Bob Dylan concert that I previously mentioned I’d be going to, here goes …

In a nutshell, it was a great concert if little things like not being able to make out any of the words don’t bother you. That and the fact that our seats were to the side of the stage that Dylan was facing away from.  And that he didn’t do any songs from Blood On The Tracks or his Christian albums.

With those complaints out of the way, it was a great concert.  And a great road trip generally.  The decision to have all eight of us pack into Marv’s Suburban worked out really well.  It wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without all of us being able to interact.

Here is a photo I took when we stopped at Davidson on the way to Regina.

(Ray, Luke, Abraham, Charlotte, Rachel, Derek, Marv, Phil – cleverly inserted in from another photo taken by Abraham)

Dylan was looking gaunt and decrepit, but I thought that he and his band rocked out really well, apart from the unintelligible lyrics.   Since I haven’t followed Dylan’s career really closely I didn’t recognize all the songs.  In fact even with familiar songs sometimes he’d be halfway through before I recognized it.

So was I disappointed?  No way.  This was Dylan, and he didn’t need to pander to me or anyone else.

A review in the Regina Leader-Post gives a complete set list.  Read it here.  It’s interesting that a lot of the people commenting have only negative things to say about the concert.  Unlike my nephew Derek who described the experience as “almost spiritual”.

Apart from the concert, we had a nice visit with Carmen and Jared and their children Dylann and Kade.  Jared cooked us a full turkey supper, just like a second Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately I’d packed my camera away and didn’t take any pictures.

Of course having Ray along provided a lot of laughs.

It was just a really fun trip.  Thanks to Derek and Charlotte for suggesting it.