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These Penguins Ain’t Waddlin’

Published June 13, 2009 - 0 Comments

Sidney Cup What a game last night! Obviously the 2-1 outcome in favour of the Pittsburg Penguins has me pumped, but more than that… what a game… especially as the clock wound down, and pucks and bodies were flying everywhere. I was on the edge of my seat, unsure if I was going to be able to go to sleep, or be forced to sit through some intense overtime play.

And then the final buzzer went. It was all done. Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pens were Stanley Cup champions.

What do you do when you’re 21 and you’ve already reached your ultimate dream?

Would You Like to Buy Me a Hot Chocolate?

Published June 11, 2009 - 0 Comments

You may have noticed a tiny little coffee cup icon at the bottom of this post. I read about an interesting little plug-in that I’m testing out. It’s called “Buy me a beer”, but since I don’t drink beer, there is an option to change it to a “cafe” as well. I don’t drink coffee either, but I’ll consider hot chocolate to be close enough to “cafe”. I’ve looked for a “Buy me a Coke” plug-in, but that doesn’t seem to exist. (If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know)

I’m looking at testing different things with the blog, to see what works and what doesn’t, before implementing those things on some of the other projects that are being worked on behind the scenes. You might see the plug-in replaced by something else in the future. I’m still waiting for Google to approve my AdSense application, but they seem to be quite slow. Amazon approved me within 24 hours, but Google seems to be a little more picky.

Finally! We’ve got a Series…

Published June 10, 2009 - 0 Comments

I know that it’s been a “home victory” series, but I still wasn’t feeling too confident about last night’s game between the Penguins and the Red Wings. Sure, Game 6 might have been in Pittsburg, but after demolishing the Penguins 5-0 only 3 nights earlier, I figured that Detroit probably carried enough momentum to finish them off, even if it did go against the established pattern of the home team winning. I was pleasantly surprised!

So now we’ve got a Game 7. The great thing about Game 7s is that nothing else matters. Sure, the home crowd is a factor, but when you really get down to it… it’s 60 minutes of hockey, and none of the other games really matter. I’m sure that Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburg Penguins are telling themselves the same thing.

Go out, play hard, and take Lord Stanley’s Cup out of Hockeytown.

Go Pens Go!

SPAM Comments?? Oh No…

Published June 9, 2009 - 0 Comments

I was so happy to see that there was a comment from someone who wasn’t a friend or family. I thought that perhaps someone else had stumbled onto my blog, and took the time to read through it. Not sure WHY… but hey, with the old blog I think that a couple of people may have tripped over it by some unknown means.

And then I read the comment.

“Hey great post. You should write more about this!”

Wow. How completely vague and useless. Then I noticed that the person’s signature file included a website for making money on the net, and a tagline about how much they made per week. Perfect! Sign me up! I’ve been looking for a way to make lots of cold hard cash! It’s so difficult to find a quality get-rich-quick scheme. Much better when they come to you!


Beautiful Sunrise

Published June 8, 2009 - 2 Comments

Now I remember why I put up with almost $600 power bills through the winter months…  After the thaw, eventually summer would arrive…

As I was driving home this morning, the sun was rising over the hills and lighting up the river’s surface. Who in their right mind would give up a chance to wake up to that every morning? Certainly not me! I sat on the front porch for a few minutes. I was exhausted from being up all night, but I refused to let this moment get away from me. Sleep would just have to wait.

Some things are just too important to pass up.

The Snowglobe…

Published June 8, 2009 - 2 Comments

You see it sitting on the shelf.  It looks so perfect.  So peaceful.  A picturesque setting, shielded from the outside world by a thin layer of glass.  Left alone, it exists as a thing of beauty. A snapshot in time.

But you can’t leave it alone, can you?

No.  The urge to pick it up is too strong.  You hold it in your hand and look at it one last time before shaking it violently.  Inside, the once peaceful scene erupts into chaos.  You set it down, and watch as the snowflakes continue to swirl behind the glass, gradually losing momentum…  until at last, they settle to the bottom.

And, although the scene soon appears as it once did… it is not.  The snowflakes have fallen in a completely new pattern.  A new scene has been created, leaving the old one behind. For better or worse, the change can never be undone.


And there it sits.


Until you reach for it once more…

Shut Up and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

Published June 7, 2009 - 1 Comment

That’s part of the chorus from the new Katy Perry song “Waking Up In Vegas”… my new “it” song… It’s kind of a fun song for the summer. My iPod is becoming very familiar with it. 🙂

I’d like if some of my Canadian readers could click on this link and place a vote for my sister in the SavvyMom Entrepreneur online contest. She really does put in a hell of a lot of work. I don’t know how she does it. I definitely could not. So please, if you have 60 seconds to spare, please click the link and vote for Jen. Many thanks!

Bye Bye, Mon Cowboy!

Published June 5, 2009 - 5 Comments

Now there’s a reference that will probably go over most people’s heads. I’m sitting here listening to some music on my iPod. I’m in the mood for something a little different than the stuff that I’ve been listening to recently. Dust off the old 80s and 90s happy music. Happy music? Who would have thought that I even had happy music? But alas, yes.. hidden within the depths of my hard drive are a few (OK, maybe more than a few) tunes that are a departure from the norm.

Remember Mitsou? Probably not. Although I know at least one or two of you do. Oh Mitsou. What ever happened to you? Bye Bye, Mon Cowboy…. Quebec’s answer to Samantha Fox at the time… Yes, there was another Fox before Megan Fox lent her formidable acting chops to Transformers. Speaking of Transformers, don’t forget to mark your calendar. June 26th. The new movie comes out. I don’t quite get the butterflies in my stomach from these previews that I did when the first movie was released, but I will still suffer through the horrible lines and over-priced popcorn to see it. Such is the life that I live.

Ooh… Men at Work… Do You Come From a Land Down Under? Aye.. I wish!

Oooh… It’s So Pretty…

Published June 4, 2009 - 1 Comment

I’ve had a few comments about how “pretty” the blog’s new look is. I’ll admit that it is definitely more visually appealing now, but I feel a little guilty taking any credit for the new and improved look. For people who don’t already know, one of the great things about WordPress is the seemingly endless number of free themes available. I’m sure that Blogger has themes too, but I didn’t have much luck with that platform. Once I finally figured out how to get WordPress installed properly finding themes was easy. Installing them was even easier. I downloaded a few and dropped them in the hosting directory. Now I can switch between different themes with a single click, and what you see today may not necessarily be what you see tomorrow. But for now, I like the way that it looks.

Anyone who knows me well realizes that my creative talents do not extend to graphic artistry. My infamous stick-man drawings are about as good as it gets. WordPress themes are a godsend for someone with my limited abilities (and even more limited patience).

This is a work in progress, and as always, I look forward to hearing from people who are much more familiar with this than I am. If you know of some fantastic new theme, widget, or website… please leave me a comment. Maybe we can all learn something here.

Thanks for reading!

It’s Official… 19 Years in the Making…

Published June 2, 2009 - 1 Comment

I stopped at the Registrar’s office this morning, and said to the girl “I believe that you have a piece of paper with my name on it…”

As she started to look through the pile of diplomas, I heard her say “Hmm.. that’s odd”   Uh oh.    Then she asked me “Did you check to make sure your name was on the graduation list?”

Oh, this was not going well.

“Um no, I did not.”

She seemed surprised.  The Registrar’s office number had been going nuts with people wanting to know if they had graduated.  Well apparently I have a little more patience than most people.  19 years of waiting will do that to you.

It didn’t take her too long to find it.  “Stephen Mark?”  Yup!  That’s me.  She set it on the counter in front of me.

And there is was…  in all its Latin glory. I couldn’t understand a single word of what it said, but I understood its significance all too well.

I was done.  Finally.

Bachelor of Business Administration.