March 23, 2009

I’ve been consternated lately about AQI – the air quality index.

Basically, I’ve been watching the AQI for southern California on this website and I try to stay inside on days when it’s in the higher end of the “moderate” range.  Rainy days tend to be better air quality days, but we don’t have a ton of those.

While in Ontario two weeks ago, I was curious what the air quality difference between Los Angeles and Ontario is, so I looked up an Ontario AQI index.  I found that while it seems to use the same numbers, the interpretation of those numbers in Ontario is a little different.

Here’s the Southern California scale:

And here’s the Ontario AQI:

Ontario AQI

If they’re using the same International AQI scale, then something is very wrong.  Ontario says 50+ is poor.  Southern California thinks it’s moderate!

According to Health Canada, 4,200 Canadian deaths were associated with long-term exposure to poor-quality air between 1998 and 2000.  That’s too many!  More interesting tid bits about Canada’s AQI can be found here.

Does anybody know whether the USA and Canada are using the same AQI scale?


March 19, 2009

Without hockey there are no Canadians, only Americans that have wandered too far north.


March 14, 2009

In the fall I had asked my mother to send me my 8mm film camera. She’d looked for it and then she and my father concluded that they’d accidentally thrown it out when they had cleaned out the basement in the summertime.  They surmised that it was because the item was odd-looking and they might not have been sure of its purpose.  So they assumed that they’d tossed the allegedly unidentifiable item instead of contacting me to see if I knew what it might be.

So they’d tossed it.  Too be sure, I was disappointed; but I held a healthy scepticism that they simply might not be able to find it and were assuming that they’d thrown it out so they wouldn’t have to keep looking.

I went home this past weekend to surprise my father for his birthday. Among other sub-objectives, one was to pack up all my “stuff”.   After not living at home for over six years I still had lots of my things all over the basement and “my bedroom”.

While I was going through stuff, I came across my film camera!  Yay!!

Here’s my stuff.  Ready to move…  somewhere.  Who knows where?  It might be a house in LA.  It might be the east coast.  It might be Switzerland.  Only God knows, eh?  We wait for word.  And my parents wait for word on where to send my stuff.

Thankfully, in the meantime, they won’t likely think that they’ve accidentally thrown away anything else of mine, since it’s all neatly packed in one place now.

It’s mine.  Don’t touch it!


February 11, 2009

So I couldn’t sleep because of some late-in-the-day tea and while I was awake watching trailers on, I ran across this little diddy:

The film is about a Canadian kick-ass-and-take-names businesswoman (Sandra Bullock) who bribes her executive assistant (Ryan Reynolds) into marrying her so that she doesn’t get deported back to Canada.  Now usually, they get hot young girls to play opposite the rugged seasoned actors, right?  So I thought it was funny that Sandra Bullock was playing opposite someone younger than her.  She’s 44 (but looking great!).  And while I was looking up Ryan Reynolds’ age (32, by the way), I discovered an even greater irony:

Ryan Reynolds is the Canadian!

Further research reveals that not only is Bullock American, she was born in a suburb of Washington, D.C.!



January 27, 2009

Here’s a video of a high speed police car chase that I got from Richie Book!

High Speed Police Car Chase


January 26, 2009

Just in case you were wondering, this blog should help!


April 16, 2008

…to Vancouver?  I desperately want to get back to Van to see the current show playing at Pacific Theatre.  One of my bridesmaids, Rebecca deBoer is rockin’ the show as the female lead, according to Georgia Strait reviewer Colin Thomas.  She’s a shining star that previous few theatre patrons get to witness once every few years when she decides to grace the stage with her luminous talent and skill.  And I’m not being superlative.

So yeah, I need to get to Vancouver before the show closes on April 26th…  Need.


December 5, 2007

Or St. John’s as the atlas would have it.

A beautiful December morning.

Sin Jawn’s Morning

My mother sent me this photo. Unfortunately I have no idea who took it. Lovely though, isn’t it?


November 27, 2007

When I first moved to Vancouver in 2004, I was super-excited that for the first time, I was going to be living in the city in which the Olympics were going to be held! But then I fell in love and then I moved and then I left that neat fact behind.

Perhaps it’s a good thing. The Vancouver 2010 Mascots were recently unveiled. They’re more than a little weird. So I thought… Until I got to Sumi.


P.S.  Thanks Darren!  Hello Kitty does cabaret?!  Are you kidding?!


November 16, 2007

Or homesick, or whatever…  Time lapse video of downtown Vancouver.

Thanks Darren!


October 20, 2007

Tucker Carlson hit the nail on the head of the lingering Canadian identity from last century.  I certainly don’t like it.  In fact, I’m offended; even though I think he’s right – just a decade late.  Here’s his opportunity to apologize; in which he doesn’t.


October 8, 2007

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. So I got in my quirky little head that I wanted to cook a turkey dinner! I’ve got two under my belt. One of them without my mother’s supervision! So I thought I’d give ‘er a try. But there were no appropriately sized turkeys to be had! Whole Foods and Gelson’s both had turkeys but they were huge!! Too expensive and too much bird.

So I bought a chicken. Read the rest of this entry »