Dwe Dot Dot Dwe Dow

Reruns of The Tick are airing on Toon Disney starting tomorrow! I think I still have like half the series on tape from back when Comedy Central aired the reruns. I sure wish this would get released on DVD.

It’s been rainy here most of the last 2 days. Our church was supposed to have a picnic today, I guess it will get moved indoors.

This week’s errands: get that letter notarized at the bank, do laundry, pick up iced tea for Diane, pick up lemon cookies for my mom. I think that’s pretty much it. I may look at suitcases at Target, since Elijah and I won’t be able to fit everything into my suitcase. We could if we still had the big suitcase, but that’s the one the airline lost 5 years ago. I still have a picture of it. 🙂

Well, there have been some comments asking me to clear up my comment about not being in love with Canada anymore. I need some time still to form my thoughts clearly.

I’ll close now with a quote from The Tick.

Tick: Well, once again, my friend, we find that science is a two-headed beast. One head is nice, it gives us aspirin and other modern conveniences… But the other head of science is bad. Oh, beware the other head of science, Arthur. It bites.

Nobody’s Perfect

This picture was taken 5 years ago when we visited Ottawa. That’s me, back when I felt like I loved Canada. I have to remind myself that no country is perfect, they all have their flaws. Geoff and I hate that it feels like we are being treated as 2nd class citizens sometimes.

We called Passport Canada to get an update on Geoff’s passport application. There was a problem with his picture, so they sent him a letter on Wednesday (which we obviously didn’t get). After being frustrated by the plebe on the phone, he asked to speak to a manager. well he was on break, but Geoff insisted that he’d wait on hold. I’m sure you know how it’s easier to solve a problem if you can talk to a real person, and if that person has some authority. To sum it all up, this guy is going to handle it personally. Geoff is going to resubmit a new photo, and his passport will be sent to Calgary. They are returning his ID so he’ll be able to enter the country.

We were talking about it last night, and I was telling him how I wasn’t looking forward to taking the trip without him. Elijah and I were still going to go regardless of Geoff’s status, since he needs to meet his Grampy, along with the rest of the family (and friends) who haven’t met him. We’re much less stressed now that there is a solution working it’s magic.

I guess now I can get excited. I probably won’t feel that way until my feet hit Canadian soil. Or at least until I am standing in line at the Harvey’s in the Calgary airport. 🙂

I don’t know if you are hearing about this where you are, but a Denver police officer was killed last month by an illegal immigrant. He ran to California, then back into Mexico where his grandma turned him in. Mexico has a policy of not releasing criminals if they face the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Canada, as I understand, will also not release a criminal (or suspect) if they face the death penalty. I couldn’t find anything about their stance on life imprisonment without parole. I don’t think that’s fair for them to decide that the person should be eligible for parole. Geoff said if he sits in Mexico prison for the rest of his life, he doesn’t mind. I guess I just hope the family can have some closure. Like I was saying earlier, no country is perfect.

I’ll close with a quote from L.A. Confidential.

Ed Exley: I’m talking about the gas chamber, and you haven’t even asked me what this is about. You’ve got a big “Guilty” sign around your neck.

Just Gets Weirder

I’d like to say life has gotten back to normal but it has not. I may post the latest on my neighbors in a day or so, I just need to process some stuff.

Onto nicer topics, we went out to dinner last at the Macaroni Grill. Elijah did alright, slept through half the meal, but then we had to take turns with him outside. I think it was the lighting in there that he didn’t like. Because once outside where it was light, he was happy. Anyway, I wanted to post because I tried something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I had Prosciutto Bruschetta (Toasted bread topped with mozzarella cheese, prosciutto and our brown butter and sage.) Yes, it was as tasty as it sounds. Always watching Mario cook with prosciutto, I wanted to try it. A word of caution, if you order it from MG, it’s a fairly big dish. I paired it with a caesar salad. Geoff had Chicken Cannelloni (Hand rolled pasta stuffed with roasted chicken, cheese, spinach and baked in an Asiago cream sauce. Topped with red sauce.)

Well, not much has been done this week. I went to the museum picnic yesterday, and it wasn’t all that. Mary was late, so I skipped on the trip to the zoo, and we sat under a tree eating lunch. Her girls were happy to see Elijah, and he was happy just to sit in the shade. Geoff has to work this weekend, so I may be taking a trip to Peet’s by myself on Saturday.

Alright, I’m going to sign off and close with a quote from Grosse Pointe Blank.

Marty: They all have husbands and wives and children and houses and dogs, and, you know, they’ve all made themselves a part of something and they can talk about what they do. What am I gonna say? “I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How’ve you been?”

Bad Girls

Toot Toot, Yeah Beep Beep

You gotta love Donna Summer. What brings to mind this song? Well…

I got an interesting letter in the mail today. It was a thick envelope, from someone I did not know. I opened it and got quite the surprise. It turns out that our newest neighbors, who’ve been here only a few months have been very busy making “friends”. Friends who pay for “services”. Yep, our neighbors are ladies of the evening. That’s the nice way of saying it. Surprising? Yes. Even though we long suspected that was the case. There were too many signs pointing in that directions. The signs were practically neon. The letter was from a company who has been keeping them under surveillance.

I took the letter next door to ask Paula if she got one too. She hadn’t and was shocked by it. We agreed that I should take the letter into the office and let them know. They had gotten the letter too, and were surprised that I had received a copy. They wondered how many other people in our building got it. They informed me they have given the ladies notice to move out.

I had quite the time discussing the situation with Ryan, since Geoff wasn’t online and Paula wasn’t home. I wanted advice. Ryan suggested talking to the neighbors, letting them know about the situation. As of now, they still aren’t home. Will I talk to them? Doubtful. Since the office visited the website they were advertising on, they were content with the proof they needed. It’s still all so weird to me. Even with living 10 minutes away from two girly clubs, I didn’t expect to encounter something like this.

In other neighbor news, the guys downstairs are moving out, so says Paula. I’m not so sad to see them go, though they haven’t been as loud as the one time we reported them. They’ve been cold towards us since then, even though they admitted that party had been out of their control. Let’s just hope the 2 new sets of neighbors we get will be as nice as Paula & Simon.

I guess it’s only appropriate to close with a quote from Pretty Woman.

Edward Lewis: You make $100 an hour and you have a safety pin holding your boot up?

Tunes and Politics

Getting mail is fun. After an offer was placed before me, I took it, and I got a package in the mail. Awhile back I posted about Brock Skywalker’s album, and that I thought it wasn’t his best work. Brock posted a comment on my blog offering to send me a copy of the album. And today Cerebral Re-Runs by Brock Skywalker & His Irregular Heartbeats was in my mailbox. It’s good. The snippets I heard before didn’t come across as well as the album does. Naturally some songs I like more than others. But I gave it a listen through, and I’ll likely give it a few more plays. I’d recommend it if you like Brock’s work with Captain Tractor.

I spoke with Diane on Sunday, and she was telling me about an incident in the Canadian gov’t that took place a few weeks ago. It prompted me to read up on it online. I figure if I can read a few different sources, I may be able to get a full picture of it, not something one-sided. I still don’t think I have all the facts, but it’s left me wondering about myself. I have never been a feminist, and I don’t feel oppressed. Maybe it’s the way I was raised, maybe I just don’t see myself the way other women see themselves. I guess just chalk it up to another thing I don’t understand. Anyway. I’m digressing. Diane was saying that the media was turning into a sexist issue. That a man can change parties and not get the kind of criticism that this woman got. Like I said I don’t think I have all the facts, so I shouldn’t form an opinion on it. My dad always said don’t discuss politics and religion. There is a reason for that. But I like those topics. 🙂

Let’s talk weather! After a weekend of rain, it was sorta nice to have sun. It’s a little hot for me. I know, I know, I lived in California for 4 years and I complain about the sun here. I am hoping for nice weather for our trip. Speaking of the trip, I have to line up a cat sitter. I may try Paula, but I fear she may have a bit much on her plate right now. I’ll be seeing Mary on Wednesday at the museum picnic, so she’ll be my back-up. If it weren’t so much trouble, I’d bring Honey with us.

Well I’m going to go try to start dinner and do some laundry. I’ll close with a quote from Dogma.

Bethany: Were they sent to Hell?
Metatron: Worse. Wisconsin. For the entire span of human history.

Nothing New To Report

Not much is going on here. I’m going to lunch with Shannon and Kaylynn at Chick-Fil-A, and I’ll be hitting Hallmark to buy Father’s Day cards.

Last night on NBC they had a show I swear was made just for me, Hit Me Baby One More Time. It’s like Bands Reunited, but then they compete against each other. It was pretty entertaining, at least to me.

The weather has been alright this week, some rain, some shine. I’ve blistered up my feet pretty good this week, you have to love summer for that. Geoff says I should just always wear my hiking boots like he does, but it’s too hot for boots. And boots certainly don’t go with shorts unless you are camping. At least that’s how I feel.

I’m not yet looking forward to our Alberta trip. I will get in the mood once everything that needs to come together does. I have faith it all will.

I was able to get in touch with my friend Adam, finally. Got the short version of what he’s been up to the last 10 years or so since I’ve seen him. If time permits, I want to see him for coffee. If I am able to see everyone it would be a feat, and the first time that’s ever happened. Lisa is doing a lot to make that feasible. I mean we’re only in Edmonton for 5 or 6 days, so it’s a whirlwind trip. I pretty much have everyday booked. A little frightening, and I’m sure Geoff will be annoyed by that. he likes to be laid back, I like to squeeze everything in. Mind you, Elijah could be dictating my days, and I’ll have to work around that.

I guess I want to mention that I don’t understand how people can view Mark Felt as a bad guy. I mean there has to be accountability for our leaders, and he did a great service to the U.S. people. That’s my opinion anyway. I love the movie All The President’s Men, and I tried to read the book, but didn’t finish it.

Anyway, I’ll close with a quote from my favorite movie about former President Nixon, Dick.

Henry Kissinger: I’ll take responsibility here. I’ll be the only person in this administration who’s willing to take responsibility for anything.