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16 Posts from October 2008

Bought a Guidance Kit Today! It's so Cool!!!!

Today I bought a Guidance Kit from Witch's Brew (or The Brew as we affectionately call it). What it does is help you to predict what is going to happen, what may be true or lies, and things about the past.

It is a pendulum that swings around. You hold on to the pentacle and then ask a question. Completely give your mind over to it - that means give up control of the outcome, then let the pendulum go.

The pendulum is let go over the pentagram in the centre of the cloth.

It swings either deosil (clockwise) or widdershins (counter-clockwise)and will very quickly move in a back and forth movement swaying between, Yes or No, Maybe, Try Again, Will not answer or rephrase.

This is kind of like scrying - though much easier to use. Got to show this one to my non witch friends - they WILL be amazed! I was, and I was the one doing it!

Reminiscent of a Ouija Board, but no way to cheat! and infinitely more serious!


On Days off!

I start my 5 days off in a row - yet I find myself very tired. (Had to work 9 in a row plus be on call all weekend), but whatever!

I have 2 folks moving out of the building, which I have to do a move out report, and I have 2 moving in, which I have to do move in reports. In addition, I have to clean a suite that was renovated and the handyman left one hell of a mess! That coupled with the fact the old tenant was a messy girl and she never did clean her suite. So... on my days off I will be quite busy.

I have 2 doctor's appointments this week as well. So much for days off.

I bought "Journey to the Center of the Earth" 3-D tonight - and it stars Brendan Fraser. Should be good. If you buy the dvd on the release day you get it for under $20. After release day it goes to $26 so Ii saved a bit of change.

Dropped the BlackBerry today outside work on the parking lot - first nick in the case (tiny , mind you and IT could have been worse!), but ironically, today I had planned and have since bought a rubber 'skin' to protect said smart phone when it gets dropped. The cover also covers the small nick in the plastic. – we are talking really tiny – but I know it’s there! Also bought a 2 GB SD Micro card (on sale at Shopper's for $26.99!) - it includes the adapter so I can just plug the tiny card in my PC to easily transfer the pictures and whatnot to the PC. Amazingly, this card (which is about the size of 1/2 a postage stamp can hold over 500 digital quality mp3's or 6800 photos taken with the BlackBerry's 2 Megapixel camera, or 11 hours of MPEG-4 videos.

I likely won't be using the photo part of the BlackBerry too much as I already have a 5 Megapixel digital camera, but it works well enough for close-ups.


"Dead Rock Stars"

DW and I just finished an on-air interview on Rainbow Radio on 90.5 fm CFCR, with Saskatoon fiction writer Wes Funk. Following is an article published in Perceptions Magazine (October 22, 2008)

Saskatoon Author Wes Funk on the left,

my partner Dwight is on the right

DEAD ROCK STARS  (Saskatoon) Saskatoon author Wes Funk has had his first queer-fiction novel published. Dead Rock Stars is based in Saskatchewan and explores queer life on the prairies.

The quirky Jackson Hill doesn't know it, but his routine, settled life in Saskatoon is about to go on a bumpy ride. When his father dies unexpectedly, he heads down the highway towards his hometown in southern Saskatchewan. He knows the funeral will be rough, but what he doesn't expect is to meet a handsome stranger along the way and to have a face-off with his brother and some dark issues of the past. Besides being a humorous portrayal of Man's obsession with rock and roll, Dead Rock Stars is a stirring account of sibling rivalry, acts of forgiveness, and growing up gay on the Canadian prairies. Funk says he loves the characters he writes about.

He bases them on actual people who have touched his life. He finds the mixture of the serenity and vibrancy of growing up and living in Saskatchewan so fascinating he feels compelled to write about it.

Funk launched his book in Regina at the Book and Brier Patch on October 18 and will be at the new indigo bookstore Sunday November 2nd at 2 PM and will be at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon on November 3 at 7:30pm.

Click here for more info on the book signing at McNally-Robinson.

not feeling too good today...

through the fish-eyed lens of tear stained eyes 
i can barely define the shape of this moment in time 
and far from flying high in clear blue skies 
i'm spiraling down to the hole in the ground where i hide. 

if you negotiate the minefield in the drive 
and beat the dogs and cheat the cold electronic eyes 
and if you make it past the shotguns in the hall, 
dial the combination, open the priesthole 
and if i'm in i'll tell you what's behind the wall. 

there's a kid who had a big hallucination 
making love to girls in magazines. 
he wonders if you're sleeping with your new found faith. 
could anybody love him 
or is it just a crazy dream? 

and if i show you my dark side 
will you still hold me tonight? 
and if i open my heart to you 
and show you my weak side 
what would you do? 

would you sell your story to rolling stone? 
would you take my child away 
and leave me alone? 
and smile in reassurance 
as you whisper down the phone? 
would you send me packing? 
or would you take me home? 

thought i oughta bare my naked feelings, 
thought I oughta tear the curtain down. 
i held the blade in trembling hands 
prepared to make it but just then the phone rang 
i never had the nerve to make the final cut. yet.

--pink floyd, adapted from the final cut

Working the weekend

Well, I am on day 6 of my 9 day stretch - that means that I work 9 days in a row and then 5 days off, which is about the only part I like about this rotation. It happens about once every 6 weeks.

Saturdays and Sundays are slow on the phones, but Sundays I don't have a co-worker, which makes the day seem to drag on forever.

Have to clean an apartment before the end of the month - the reno's really messed it up. Have 2 new tenants moving in Nov 1 and will be taking one suite off the market until we can get a contractor. Seems that Saskatoon is booming so much that good contractors are very hard to find.

That's all that is new for now.

At work, by the way, I am the Go Green Committee Member fo our office. Take a look at the cartoon below:

Funny, I think!



Got the new phone!

Very complex learning curve - the coolest thing is that it synchronizes very quickly my contacts from Outlook. Which means.. automatically entering email and phone numbers, addresses etc a snap. Also the Calendar automatically synchronized as well with no hiccups.

Took 1/2 a day to figure how to change the ring tone, but everything is starting to be quite intuitive - so should be comfortable with the phone in a short time. 

Love the Internet! -- can actually MSN others, SMS and have my audio Voicemail converted to text messages!

On another note...

Finally got paid for all that O/T I earned in Cudworth. Nice.

Signed a deal with as an affiliate. (They are the group that preserves Old Time Radio Shows)

Also signed with M-80 and am currently promoting Family Guy Vol 6 -Season's 5 and 6 and the behind the scenes 100th show. (I get a free copy for doing that - SWEET!)

Rainbow Radio on Sunday. Featuring a special guest who is from Saskatoon and just got his first queer fiction book published. "Tales of Dead RockStars" I think. Tune into 90.5 FM 930-11PM this Sunday night or listen online at


Waiting on my BlackBerry!

I have decided to sign up for a cell phone and have chosen the BlackBerry Pearl. Got tired with my pay as you go phone dropping connections or not being available. It seems to do absolutely everything! I chose the BlackBerry as I am an über-geek! Can't wait! It should arrive today by Express post.

Soon I will be emailing and surfing from it - that is - likely after thumbing thru the 200+ page owner's manual.

Just put the picture in to show y'all how it looks!


It's been three years, Mama
It still doesn't feel real
Sometimes I think of you
and want to just pick up the phone
to say hello..

Mama thank you for who I am
Thank you for all the things I'm not
Forgive me for the words unsaid
For the times
I forgot

Mama remember all my life
You showed me love,You sacrificed
Think of those young and early days
How I've changed
along the way

And I know you believed
And I know you had dreams
And I'm sorry it took all this time to see
That I am where I am because of your truth
I miss you, I miss you

Mama forgive the times you cried
Forgive me for not making right
All of the storms I may have caused
And I've been wrong
Dry your eyes

Mama I hope this makes you smile
I hope you're happy with my life
At peace with every choice I made
How I've changed
Along the way
And I know you believed in all of my dreams
And I owe it all to you, Mama

*Il Divo, Mama 

Here is the link to my one year memorial to "My Mom"

A Good Day

Today was a good day -  I slept in until noon - much needed!

I was able to treat my bf with a Timmie's Sub and Soup combo, courtesy of my company's "National Customer Service Week" - giving homage to us poor souls on first line tech support. Paid for it with the $25 Timmie's Gift Card they gave us. Also picked up a dozen Caramel, Chocolate Pecan Cookies. That will go straight to my tummy!

Watched The Bee Movie with Dwight this evening after he came back from church and I watched Iron Man by myself tonight - couldn't sleep - so had a hankering for some Jambalaya - made it at 1 am with some of that garlic sausage I picked up in Cudworth. YUM! Added some extra hot sauce to pretty much guarantee great dreams tonight when I do hit the sheets!

My other boss has me checking the condition of the jobs of the patio door installations - they need some old boards removed from under some of them and all but 2 of teh 8 need trim work finished.

I am writing this at 155AM and plan on going to bed soon. Worked out an advertising deal for 'OZ' - The 'Other' Side of the Rainbow - placed a banner on it and voila! I get the entire collection of Dick Tracy and Boston Blackie old time radio shows in mp3 format. Sometimes, money isn't always the best thing about banner ads. I am hoping though to work out an affiliate with them same as I have with


Have you checked out my other website? It's called ToonTownReviews and features reviews of movies (mostly done by other folks) check it out if you have the time!



Almost the weekend - and none too soon!

So, another weekend is here! I am soo looking forward to this - I need some sleep - just got off of a week of 7AM-3PM shifts (on call 5AM to 7AM) - so I have been tired.

Looking forward to relaxing - even though I have to do a cleaning in one of my apartments in prep for a new tenant (she arrives November 1st).. Oh well - shouldn't take much more than 3 hours -- I have already got the yard ready for winter - fast approaching - but as usual - I am still in shorts (actually sweatpant like shorts) and still wearing sandals -- hate to give up on summer, I guess! ;-)

Looking forward to getting my Blackberry Pearl - should be today but it may not arrive until Monday.

Will be calling my kid this weekend, so I hope that he has some time to talk to Dad.

Did I say that I can't wait until its 3PM? That is when my weekend starts! Woohoo!