Archive for the ‘Stupid stuff’ Category

At least lutefisk is usually eaten indoors

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

This news story makes that Scandinavian masochism known as lutefisk – which my dad loved so much and which made me gag – seem pretty innocuous:

Sweden battles EU food-safety rules to save a smelly Baltic-herring delicacy

Sweden is fighting European Union food-safety rules in a battle to save one of its traditional delicacies, a smelly dish made from fermented Baltic herrings. Eskil Erlandsson, the Swedish Agriculture Minister, has pleaded with John Dalli, the EU’s consumer and health protection commissioner, to save surstromming, a delicacy from northern Sweden so smelly it has to be eaten outside. Surstromming is produced under a special exemption for Sweden and Finland from EU rules on the sale of fatty fish from the Baltic Sea, which have dioxin pollution levels considered too high for consumer safety. Next year, the loophole will close and the EU will ban production or sale. Commission officials said Mr. Dalli had declined the gift of can of the herring after Swedish colleagues warned him its pungent odour was an acquired taste, even for Swedes. The smell is so intense, it is usually eaten outside.

This expresses my sentiments about the vuvuzela

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

(original here)

Book your hotel room in Amiens, Saskatchewan

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Google Maps shows Amiens, Saskatchewan along Highway 3 somewhere between Shell Lake and Mildred.

It also informs us that there are four hotels in Amiens.

Google Earth - Four Hotels in Amiens

Just in case you would like to check out the neighbourhood before booking your stay at one of those fine Amiens hotels, Google also provides Street View.


I took my 1st Aid/CPR recertification yesterday …

Friday, April 9th, 2010

… This came to mind during the AED segment.

I may be able to see a prairie chicken after all

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

A former classmate from the year I spent in Minnesota (at a small Lutheran bible college) has pointed out in response to my last blog post that if I want to see a greater prairie chicken, all I need to do is drive the Interstate 94 past the outskirts of Rothsay, Prairie Chicken Capital of Minnesota.

One more reason to make a long-overdue trip back to Minnesota.

That would be Green Week, not Blue and Red Week

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I own a bright red denim shirt that usually hangs in my closet for weeks without being worn.  I like it, but since my tastes run more to earth tones, I usually ignore it.

However today I was feeling bold so I donned it, together with a pair of blue trousers.

I was halfway through my day at the office before someone pointed out that Premier Wall, in recognition of the Saskatchewan Roughriders going to the Grey Cup, has declared this Green Week, encouraging everyone to wear Rider Green.

And then another co-worker, who originally hails from Montreal and still cheers for the Alouettes, pointed out that I was wearing the Als’ colours.

I didn’t go home to change, but I tried to keep a low profile for the remainder of the day.

Now to check my closet for tomorrow’s attire … I wonder if khaki is close enough to Rider Green?

Some thoughts on oughts and naughts

Friday, September 4th, 2009

My deer rifle is a 30-06.   It’s the same calibre that Tom Waits sang about in his song “16 shells from a thirty-ought-six”.

The designation 30-06 means that it uses a 0.30 inch calibre bullet and it was first manufactured in 1906. A hundred years ago apparently it was common for the number “zero” to be referred to as “ought”, hence the “ought-six”.

Of course the use of “ought” is a misnomer; a more proper term for zero would be “naught”.  However I can’t imagine referring to my rifle as a “thirty-naught-six”.

And of course there’s the question of which decade followed the nineties.  Most would agree that the eighties were followed by the nineties, but are we now in the oughts, the naughts, or some other decade?  Maybe the zilches?

Scowling Paddy

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

One of my kids created this kitchen mascot from a scouring pad.  The name was an obvious choice.

Scowling Paddy

Update on reno

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Since it’s been more than a month since my last post, I thought I’d better post a picture of the house renovation project.  I set up the camera on a tripod so that I could be in it.  Here’s where things are at as of today.

(Click to enlarge … I’m the one in the background behind the Crasher Squirrel)

Renovation Project with guest

When I grow up I wanna be an elephant proctologist

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

As I mentioned awhile ago, the job of Lumberjack rated 200th out of 200 in a recent analysis.

I’m not sure where this job was ranked.