Open Letter to LinkedIn.com About Endorsements

You really want me to endorse her for WordPress? The woman, while wonderful and capable, readily admits she knows only the very basics about checking email and getting lost on the web, and isn't at all interested in running a site of any kind. I understand when you want me to endorse a fellow storyteller … Continue reading Open Letter to LinkedIn.com About Endorsements

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Someone Doesn’t Want Me to Vote

This morning I received an automated phone call saying that my polling station had been moved. They lied!!! The polls at West End Rec Centre are still there. They have not been moved. Elections Canada isn't stupid. Most voters go from work to the polls. They wouldn't get the message. The polls would be filled … Continue reading Someone Doesn’t Want Me to Vote

My Kingdom (Sanity?) for a Stop Watch

More features is not necessarily better. Sometimes simple is best. Last month the storytellers' stopwatch died. I volunteered to get a new one, for tonight's performance. Easy, right? I bought one the next day. Cheap. Oops. But in the end it made little difference. That was Tempo brand. The buttons had very little movement to … Continue reading My Kingdom (Sanity?) for a Stop Watch

A Proper Electronics Kit for Kids

My parents have this thing about science. They're suckers for kits that promise to teach kids about science. Not that my parents can't do just fine on their own. Dad's a professional engineer -- a classic engineer, rather than what I learned. He fixed the car until the winters got too cold. He does load … Continue reading A Proper Electronics Kit for Kids

Spring Masters Saga

This is in husband's words. Early this year, Spring Masters did a core aeration. The person doing the aeration initially filled out the wrong form, manually adding in the core aeration charge, which I signed. A few minutes later he rang the doorbell, explained that he gave me the wrong form, took it back, and … Continue reading Spring Masters Saga

Donating — A Rant

Every so often we donate things. Time, money, objects -- the usual. We're typical in that we want the government to pay part of it. Where we're atypical is we really, really go for the official charitable donation tax receipts. I've been told by other storytellers that, once you've been paid a few times for … Continue reading Donating — A Rant

They Don’t Want Groups

First MSN decides to close their group service, and recommends a site using the new, user-centric model. User is central, has own website, and messages are sent between him and groups of friends. Groups added as after though. (They may have done a good job of it by now, but the growing pains were rough.) … Continue reading They Don’t Want Groups

Rant: It’s in my Medicine Box, but Does Not Exist

It's cold season. Trust me on this one. The pill bottles have less than a day's worth left. All I want is Triaminic Chewable Cold and Allergy. It has antihistamine and decongestant, but nothing else. If I give this to the kids early, they don't get the aches and pains. But it doesn't exist. I'll … Continue reading Rant: It’s in my Medicine Box, but Does Not Exist

Rant: It’s in my Medicine Box, but Does Not Exist

It's cold season. Trust me on this one. The pill bottles have less than a day's worth left. All I want is Triaminic Chewable Cold and Allergy. It has antihistamine and decongestant, but nothing else. If I give this to the kids early, they don't get the aches and pains. But it doesn't exist. I'll … Continue reading Rant: It’s in my Medicine Box, but Does Not Exist

To Have or Not To Have: Answering Machine

I've had an answering machine since I was a teen. Mom resisted, but then she and a client played telephone tag for three days to get a yes/no answer to a simple question, and she broke down and got one. So, except for when I was a poor, unsociable student, I've had one. We still … Continue reading To Have or Not To Have: Answering Machine