Friday, December 5, 2008

Coalition bullshit!

Alright, my fellow blogger the big DC has stated everything i have to say and more here "WTC is in the water in Ottawa?" so i wont make this too long, although i could as i am pissed about what is going on!!

Here is it short and sweet.

I was emailing the Governor General and other MP's about our current political situation and hoping that my voice would be heard. When i went to the websites to find the e-mail address of said people, there were their website right below the address. Now you might not believe what i am about to write so i will post the websites for you to take a look at yourself. The official website for Stephen Harper has a home page that request whether you want to view it in English or french, normal as we are a bilingual country. But i was very surprised and actually angered by the fact that both Jack Layton of the NDP and Stephen Dion of the liberals home pages were both in french right off the bat, i was unable to find Gilles Duceppe's homepage, but you dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what language it would be in, with no option for english. On both Layton's and Dion's pages, there was a little button in the top right hand side that said English, but there was not a home page making that request at the start.

I know that we are a bilingual country, but I believe that English is our primary language with french being secondary, correct me if I am wrong. The problem i have is that one province is starting to take the drivers seat away from the country and it is la belle province, which not so long ago felt that they were too good for our great country and still have the separatist party. How can a Canadian government have a separatist party involved in a coalition. The fact that both of the other leaders involved in this, lets call it was it is, coup de ta, have their home pages in french with English as an option and not a home page that provides both options before proceeding should tell everyone who cares about this situation, that if this coalition takes power, Quebec will be running the joint in no time, not that they don't already i suppose.

Anyway just a rant that might not be too coherent, but it is my rant none the less.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dealing with an Annoying Telemarketer

This is a real call that my friend taped trying to see how long he could keep a telemarketer on the line and then hang up on him.

It is hilarious!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Da Olymipique Jouer

It is that time game, the 29th Olympiad has fallen upon us and is coming at as live (or sort of live) from the world's next most powerful nation of China. For those of you who don't think that they are going to overtake the states as the world leader, kindly take your head out of the sand and take a look at their sheer population size of 1.3 BILLION people, that is almost 4 times as big as the states. On that fact alone you can hold them down anymore and they are coming and coming fast. But I digress as that has nothing to do with the post I am writing.

This post is about Canada and our showing at the Olympics and just our attitude in general. I am about ready to puke if I hear one more time the following sentence "We are so proud of ourselves for the way that we competed, we can officially call our selves Olympians" This is the do gooder attitude that is getting us NO WHERE!!! since when has it been the goal to go to the Olympics and simply compete. Now I am not a world class athlete, but I have played in sports and would consider my self an athlete of some sorts, with that said, if I was training to go to the Olympics, I would want my country to give me what I needed to compete for gold, not simply compete.

I am not blaming the athletes as they do the best with the training that they have been afforded, I am putting the blame right on the shoulders of us, the people of Canada. We need to start kickin ass and taking names when it comes to things like this. If you take a look at the Chinese, once they found out they were awarded the games, they made it their mission, notice how it was not a goal, THEIR MISSION to finish first overall when it comes to medals and especially gold medals, now they might not beat the states, but they sure as shit are giving it a helluva run. This is something that the rest of the athletic world should be taking note of. If you are going to compete in something, go to win it all!! We as Canadians don't have that killer instinct and consider it simply an honor to have shown up.

I am not saying that every athlete that goes to the games needs to come home with a medal, but aren't you all just as sick of coming in 22th 28th 24th 48th or higher and not having a single medal yet?? I know that we are not going to be able to compete with the likes of china or the states, but no medals... this is becoming a joke that the Canadian government needs to open their eyes to and start providing proper funding. We have world class athletes that could be coming home with medals, yet we aren't providing them with the needs to get to the next level of competition.

With all this said, I realize that we are more of a winter Olympics nation and we have started the "own the podium" campaign for Vancouver 2010, but why cant we have success in both summer and winter, last time i looked we do have summer and all that jazz in this country (yes i know that some might debate this). We are a powerful enough nation that we should be able to have better results than we are getting.

To finish, the attitude of we came, competed, did the best we could and can be proud to be Olympians... that is the athletes way of politely asking/telling the country that they need more funding if we are to get better result. I am curious and almost anxious to see how our little "Own the Podium" will turn out. If we take it as serious as the Chinese did, then we will be one damn proud nation, but we continue the way we have, we aint gonna own squat.

These are my thoughts and in no way reflect the thoughts of facts from or about anyone else but you may find this interesting "Get serious Canada"

Monday, July 7, 2008

That time of year again, stampede = moustache

The first annual moustache contest is upon us... that is right those who are able to grow something on the face, and upper lip this is for you!! I talked to a few people about this in the past months who said oh yeah no prob, but then proceeded to back down when it actually came time to pony up and wear the stache. Not a problem, but know that this is going to be something that is going to be ongoing and will gain steam in the years to come.

Some of those who backed down used the following reasons, not full enough, cant connect, not dark enough, looks funny... blah blah blah. It is the damn stampede are this is what we should be looking like for 10 days.

So to you all out there, I invite you to this contest, I will post any and all the pictures of people who send me their moustache pictures and then if there are enough we will have a panel of judges choose the winner. All you need to do is send me your e-mail in a comment and I will then have you send me a pic. The rules are simple, you can not have it connected like a beard, or goatee, and you need to have some originality and finally it has to be on your face for the full 10 days. Alright, let me start it off with my pic!! nothing out of the ordinary this year as I forgot and only started growing in the past couple weeks. But there you have it, and little variation on my usual chops. Some come one come all, and yes women are welcome!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Slow Motion Punches

A good friend told me that I needed to post this, you need to get through the first 30 seconds and that is when the fun starts. Love the last guy!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Stoned reporter

Fake but still funny!! Gotta love the English!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

One String Willy

Now this is something that all you guitar hero/rock band players can aspire to. Playing a song with only one song is pretty cool... not to mention a major chick magnet!!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Get outta here... AWESOME!!!

I read this in the herald yesterday, it left Katie and I laughing hysterically...yeah yeah yeah we are mean and cruel BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!

The cat came back . . . with an arrow through his back. A tomcat -- aptly named Trouble -- is on the mend after being nailed with a crossbow bolt last week.

The six-year-old cat had been missing for more than three days on Thursday afternoon when he crawled up to his owner's doorstep near Barrhead, about 100 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, pierced with a 46-centimetre crossbow shaft and barely able to move his back legs.

The cat's owners rushed Trouble to Dr. Sarah Fryer's emergency vet clinic. "We came home and he was just sitting at the door waiting for us," said the woman who owns the cat, who did not want to be identified. "At first I couldn't tell what it was, but as soon as I realized it, I was sick. It was just horrible."

Trouble was shot just below the tail with a metal-tipped bolt. The tip exited behind the animal's left shoulder blade. Its red and yellow fletching was still visible under the tail.

Remarkably, none of Trouble's organs was hit, nor was there any significant nerve damage.

"The cat was obviously in shock, but was amazingly comfortable, considering," said Fryer. "He was actually purring when we had him in here. He was obviously very glad to be among people again."

Barring infection, which Fryer says is the biggest risk to Trouble's health at this point, the cat could make a full recovery and is so far doing "extremely well."
His owners are concerned about the circumstances of the shooting.

"It seems too much of a coincidence for it to be an accident," Trouble's owner said.
"We were just horrified that anyone could be that cruel. I mean, he's a cat. His biggest offence is that he's too friendly."

HAHAHAHAHAHA too friendly, what kind of devil creature survives being shot with a cross bow through the back, and for three days! I tell you what, any other non possessed spawn of Satan would have died fo sho!!! too friendly...

Thought this was kind of cool...

Here is website that I stumbled upon when bored. Kind cool if you like this kind of thing... This is his website Daily Monster

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Elephant Paints Self Portrait

I have always like Elephants, as you can tell by their placement around our home. This is something that I thought was pretty cool.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My Issue with a recent Vote

There was a vote the other day at the Christian high school. This was a vote on whether to join the Paliser school system or not. Now admittedly, I don't know all the details about Paliser, but I know that we would basically be joining the public school system in some way shape or form, similar to what happened in Edmonton some years back.

Now I will make this as short and sweet as possible. It is not the vote or idea I have a problem, with as people are all entitled to their opinions for their own reasons, what I have a problem with, not wait a BIG problem with, is how it all went down. You see there was a vote not so long ago where the outcome was not the 75% majority that the school board set forth, so as it didn't pass, that should have been the end of it. After the vote was defeated, people wrote numerous letters and complaints, again totally fine with this, but all of a sudden this resulted in a new vote being called. This is where I have the problem. You see a vote was called, the vote took place and was not passed. This should have been the end of it, but it was not as the board decided because 72% (and many of them I suspect) of the voters were not happy with how the vote turned out, that there would be another vote. This time it was approved, now making other people unhappy. (when can we expect a re vote this time...)

Now before you all lambaste me, understand that if I did indeed vote, I would have accepted the outcome for what it was whether I was happy with it or not. But to have another vote right away because it didn't get the 75% approval??? If there was going to be another vote, it should have been a minimum of one year later. You see the long and short of it is, is that the board set forth the number required, it wasn't met and therefore was defeated. If the board was so sure that it was going to get the 75% then it has to live with the fact that it didn't, and move on. If if they cant do that, then they should at least admit that no matter what the outcome was, there would continue to be re votes until the desired result was achieved, which is what happened in the end.

To end this post I will say one more thing that I have a problem with. I have heard from both sides of the fence and both present good arguments, but what I hate HATE HATE hearing, is when I overheard someone telling another person that they were on the wrong side and how did they feel about that. WRONG SIDE!!! Aren't we all in this for the education of our kids, isn't that why CCS was started so many years ago, to bring up our children in a Christian setting. Since when are there sides. If we start to all think this way and lose sight of what it is we are all trying to do with Christian education, well then we might as well close the doors tomorrow. Our parents and grand parents fought hard, made many sacrifices, both financial and emotional, to start this school, and that is something that I think we need to remember, and not ask what side are you on, we should be on the kids side!

In closing, I pose one simple question: If this Paliser does not work (and I TRULY hope that it does), where do we go?? You can never go back to what it was, so where do we go?? How do we start all over??

Thursday, May 15, 2008

In response to ALEXANDER THE GREAT...

Alex, I will address your comment in a post (this is what you have taught your padawan learner oh master.)

Here is the post and comments in its entirety. Why do I exist... to Grand theft Auto IV of course

Alex wrote: GTA4 is a great game, in that it has scored 10 out of 10 on most gaming sites

What is it that gives the game a 10 out of 10? Was it you who personally sat down and played it and then scored it? It was other people and it was THEIR opinion, and now they have told you that this is the greatest game ever made. It seems that this is not like you, to allow yourself to be force feed what you think, Polly want a cracker, aaawwkk HELLOOO. Like with movie critics, I will make up my own mind and not take what they write and then spit that out as my opinion about the movie, the same should be true about the "greatest game ever made."

Alex wrote: ... we play board games such as oh I dunno, RISK, Command and Conquer, Axis and Allies, etc.. How fun would it be to play a game which mimics true life? Boring!

To the point of playing Risk et al, I find it strange that you would compare strategic board games based on wars, although tragic wars do not break the law, to GTA4, a video game based on real life happenings. So to compare GTA4 to a strategic war based board game seems to be a missed point, after all when was the last time you had someone line up all their troops and roll the dice to see who win, compared to the last time you heard in the news of some hooker who was brutally murdered. To the last sentence about how it would be boring to play a game that mimics true life being boring, that is my main problem with this game, it is too true to real life. Drugs, Crime, Sex, Murder... anything in there remind you of anything you have seen/heard on the news lately.

Alex wrote: Why do you think all the popular games of today involve fantasy of some sort? Cause we as adult humans are pretty darn good at playing pretend, and we like it.

Now this point about us wanting to play games that are based on fantasy, I agree with you, however if it is fantasy that you want then this game has missed the mark as well. Who it their right mind would want to fantasies about the things that GTA4 deems acceptable? I will give you an example of another fantastic game, that up until this game was to top game of all time, HALO. This games takes the player to another world to fight aliens and other beast, now if it is fantasy that you want, then this is game.

Now as I stated before in my original post, I realize that it is only a game, and that I myself don't put much merit into it, I just feel that we have seen one too many times of life imitating art, and this is a game that I fear may bring those occurrences up in number. Paranoid maybe, new father - yes, this is my opinion, deal with it!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why do I exist... to Grand Theft Auto IV of course!!

This started out as a comment on sublimablogitude, it was in response to another blog but as I got to writing it took on a life of its own prompting a response post. It was the part of the post, a challenge that got me thinking. Here is the challenge

My First Thought Challenge: "The New Human"

You are a brand new human, just becoming into being. You are not a child though. You started out your human life as an adult, how you came to be is obviously NOT important here. You are standing on the ground somewhere on the earth, location not a factor, as a matter of fact, neither does your race, your sex, or the language you speak. You have no history, or at least none that you know of. The first item on your agenda (besides getting clothed) is figuring out why you exist. Where and how do you find your answer?

I was thinking about this more, and I the one thing that kept popping up in my mind was the video game Grand theft Auto IV. I am not sure why, as I have never played nor wish to play this game, but yet here I was thinking about it a lot today and the why do I as a new human, exist on this earth. I think that I would take a look around and settle into a life of crime and sin, not because this is my disposition, but because of what it acceptable in society. I know that I am going to get the old "but there are good things as well" speech, and I agree with that, but what the hell are we teaching our youth and "new humans" when a video game based on stealing, drugs, crime, having sex with prostitutes, then deciding how to kill them, and basically choosing to do everything that is wrong with society is the coolest thing since sliced bread, and possibly the friggin' wheel.

I was listening to the radio and there was a "gamer" on there (I have nothing against gamers, I am just not one of them) and he was telling the listeners that what is so awesome about the game is that you can go around doing things in the game that you shouldn't do in life... "SHOULDN'T DO..." I mean seriously shouldn't is almost like saying might not be able to, my mom doesn't want me to, I may get in trouble... how about the game lets you go around doing things that no only you cant do, forget shouldn't, but also that we as society know damn well are immoral, wrong and sinful!! Yet this game broke all the records for sales in any medium, with sales over $400 million dollars in three days.

Now I will admit, it is just a game and I fully believe that people are responsible for their own actions, but it was put to me why do I as a new human, exist on this earth. Well judging by what is acceptable and successful, I exist to grand theft auto IV I suppose. Not our brightest moment society, not our brightest moment.

joining the debate, or at least I think I am

So I am going to be joining a debate/discussion that has been going on long before I was born, and will no doubt go on long after I die. It has been brought to the blog forefront by a newly welcomed back prodigal son, DVB. His post, found here, The beginning of the Beginning, is the start of something interesting.

Now before I actually put a post together I must preface what is to come with the fact that most people who know me, know that I am a spontaneous goof who likes to have fun, and those of you who read my blog are privy to a little piece of my brain. Well for the next little/long while I will not be spending as much time on the humor, or as DVB puts is "musings" but more on who I am and what I think and believe.

DVB, I actually should be thanking you for bringing this out in me, you see for the past year I have been talking and thinking about a very long and serious blog series. I wanted to take the time to thoroughly read every book of the bible and then follow it up with an in depth analysis of my thoughts on that particular book, and what it means to my faith and to me in general. Now I still have the desire to do this, but I am not sure on how to approach it so I am thinking that this blog discussion will get me into the thought process that I need to be in for a 66 post series.

So now that I have laid the ground work for my entry into this discussion, I will need to gather my thoughts and put on my serious face for a while. so to DVB, I will post soon, and thanks for the kick in the ARSE!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Episode I: How to Raise a Child

A WTF post... where is this going?

I have been thinking about the world of blogging lately and maybe that is the reason that I have been unable to come up with anything really. You see I am stuck in this rut, and I believe that I have found the reason, due in large part to my sister in law.

When you write a blog you completely open yourself to the world, there is nothing you can really do to stop people from reading what you have to say. Oh you can put up blockers and make rules, but really people it is not that hard to get in and read it. Well I am not sure how I feel about this and so it directly affects my recent lack of posting, and I will tell you why.

What is a blog? What is it supposed to be and what are people supposed to write. I have seen in the past two days new additions to the blogging world, one being my sister in law and other a friend. Reading theirs got me to thinking about what we should be writing on our blogs. I know that in the past I have written about our trip to Australia, the birth of my daughter, my hate for cats, why Ontario and eastern Canada sucks, how the states need to give their head a shake when comparing us shit beer a little brother(and somtimes just in general)and many other things. Is this the reason for a blog, a space to write whatever the hell you want circumstances be damned? Or should we be treating it a little more like a real life conversation where we would take the other peoples feelings and opinions into consideration. When did we get to the point where cyberspace ruled how we communicate. We have e-mail ,facebook, youtube, myspace, PINing, texting, the list goes on and on, but I think that we have lost the true art of communication, and I for one have been a culprit of this growing phenomenon.

Since the use of computers to e-mail, phones to text and blogs to blog, communication has gone right down the tube. I have read recently that many students who do very well in college or university end up leaving with no social skills and thusly adjustment to the real world is hard if not impossible, where as the average student leaves with very honed social skills and ends up adapting to the real working world much better. why is this? It is because the average students spent time conversing, socializing and practicing real life skills, as well as studying. On the flip side, the straight "A" students spent most of their time on-line, studying or just not learning the art of communication. In the end who is better off, well I leave that to you to decide but know this, the most successful people in the world are generally the most adaptable and social ept.

I know that this post was supposed to be about "should I post for fun, or should I post serious items, or a combinations" but as my fingers feverishly typed away my thoughts began to run rampant and the post completely changed in the middle, and that my friends is the way that it is going to stay.

In the end, the decision about the role that technology plays in out lives, and how we should use it, is completely up to the individual, but be warned that true human contact and communication cannot and should not ever be replaced.

If this post makes no sense well then you have just been tuned into a moment in time when you have seen how my brain works, and since I have no intention of going back and reading this, I will never know what I have said and if it makes sense. This truly has been a ramble in its truest sense.

Good morning! And in case I don't see you, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The states have it right

Before all you crazy canucks go off on a tangent and oot of your freakin' minds, hear me oot first and realize that I love my home country, the land of the beaver and the true north strong and free.

What the states have right is how they treat sports. We are starting to get the picture a little bit, but we have a long ways to go. As an avid sports lover I was treated to one of the greatest pleasures one can have in life for almost 8 years. The pregame ritual of the tailgate. Now some of you may say "wait a mintue, I haev tailgated at a stamps game, or at a flames playoff game before, we know how to tailgate!!" The answer to that is a big fat resounding "NO YOU DONT!!!"

If you have ever had the priviledge of experiencing a NCAA College football game, March madness, NFL football game or MLB game you will know what I am talking about. It is not a couple thousand people who get together with a little grill and throw a ball around. It is anywhere from 30,000 to almost the entire town of Green Bay in the parking lot with full kitchen type grills and full course meals. It doesnt just start a few hours before the game, but almost the night before the game as that is when you would need to get there in order to ensure your spot.

I could go to a sporting even just for the pre-game tailgate alone. It is almost like the red mile during the tampa bay series, only it is before every home game. Perhaps the greatest tailgating takes places before College football games. I have been two a few of these and can honestly say that is one of the best times you can have. Beer, meat, sports, women and just one helluva good time.

So to you Mr USAPREGAMETAILGATERTRADITIONSTARTER!!! I not only salute you, but take my hat and the shirt off my back to you!! GAME ON USE game on, we Canadians are slowly starting to get it right, but like anything it is a work in progress. Here is to seeing My Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks sometime this years.

PARTY ONE GARTH, party on!!

Monday, May 5, 2008

stuck in a rut

well readers, it has been over a month since my last post so I am offically stuck in a rut. I will try to get past this bloogers block and come back with a vengence, but so far I am having some problems. To anyone out the, help is always wanted and sometimes needed, I welcome any and all suggestions. Also take a look at this new blog and let the madness begin!!

Stuck on this Island Welcome aboard DC, and where the hell is my link on your page...

Friday, April 4, 2008

Leavin' the roaring 20's Hello dirty 30's

Well this past week I officially left behind my 20's and entered into the my 30's. Most people I have been talking to have made me come to think that this is some sort of a big milestone and accomplishment in my life. I am here to offer a different view on this, a view which has now been skewed due to the birth of my daughter.

Looking back, when I thought about turning 30, I was all ready to go leave my 20's with a major bang complete with everything that one could think of. I was going to have a huge bash that would remind me of some of the house parties I used to throw at college. 300 people, 10 kegs, dirty dancing and just a great time in general. After all how many times does one turn 30?? As I came closer and closer to this "milestone" I was planning how it was all going to unfold and what the evening would entail, in the phrasing of a younger man, it was going to be "OFF THE HOOK"

Well my friends, around 6 months ago and then really 4 weeks ago things changes. McKenzie Jade Weening came into this world and change my whole perspective on the whole turning 30. While I still view it as an fun birthday, I no longer view it as a major milestone of achievement, conceiving and giving birth to a child, now THAT is an accomplishment/achievement to be proud of.

After McKenzie was born, things that were important to me seemed to change, I didn't care about my stuff or my things, but focus now solely on her needs and her life. In essence turning 30 was like waking up on a Tuesday, no big deal! Now before some of you go ans say that I don't have to change my entire life because we had a baby, I am telling you all these things because I enjoy the change. I love the fact that she is my entire world, I still live my life but she has caused a change in me that I think is for the better.

So to end, turning 30 for me this year wasn't a big deal and seemed a bigger deal to those around me. Having McKenzie... now that was a big friggin' deal. That is something to be proud of and have a major bash for, my 30th??? Well we are just having a party with some appi's and a keg, after all you do still have to have a little fun don't you??? See you then peeps.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The only good thing to come out on Ontario is...

The Tim Horton's Rim Roller!!!

I was reminded of this again the other day when my mother in law was visiting to see our new daughter. Since they don't have the privilege of enjoying the taste of a Tim Horton's coffee when ever they want, we make sure to indulge them here. Well it just so happens, that she came right in the height of the Rrrrroll up the Rim to win contest that we get to enjoy, and quite frankly take for advantage (cant count how many unrolled rims I have see carelessly discarded). Anyway back to the point, when we were out enjoying a Timmie's my mother in law kept wanting to throw the cup away with out rolling the rim, and when we reminded her, she still didn't really want to because in order to roll the rim, you need to have super strong fingers (like the guy in the ad) or you have to use your teeth and get er done. Well the teeth were her only option as the fingers weren't gettin' er done.

This brings me to the final point of this post. In order to fix this problem someone in Ontario came up with the Rim Roller. It is actually quite simply but makes life so much nicer, you don't have to go to the gym and work out your fingers, and your dentist doesn't get to take all you money when repairs are needed on your teeth. The roller simply pushed down over the rim and when you pull it up, two little blades cut it and then it pulls the rim right up to reveal a winner, or in most cases a cordial invitation to come back and do it all over again.

So to you, mister rim roller inventor guy, I salute you and say thanks!!! Now Ontario can brag about something and actually have western Canadians agree with them (no you are not the center of the universe!!)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Addition to the weekday layout changes

As you can see I am not the only one who has thought about changing the weekdays.

Ahhh.... the beauty of genious!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

McKenzie Jade Weening

Well our little girl arrived on Sunday Night at 6:20, since this is our usual church time, we think that we have been blessed with a little angel! She came into this world not without problems. I will give you the condensed version of the story and then a couple pics.

Katie went into labour on Friday night/Saturday morning and started having regular contractions at 3:00 am. That morning we went for a long walk and timed everything and eventually went into the hospital to see how things were. We were told that we were definitely in labour, but not ready to be admitted. So we went home.

Later that night at around 9:30 we went back in because the contractions were becoming too much for Katie to handle. We were told that she was not quite dilated enough but that she could have some morphine to ease the pain. Again we went home around 1:30 am to get some rest and to hopefully move along with the labour.

The following morning at 5:00 (4:00 really with no time change) the morphine wore off and the contractions were extremely painful for Katie. I decided that she had had enough and at 8:30 we were off to the hospital again, this time I was not letting them discharge us. We were admitted at around 11:00 and she received an epidural shortly there after, having been through almost 36 hours of painful labour, the pain was too much. After this her waters were broke and we were on our way.

At 4:00 the nurse told Katie that she was fully dilated and would be ready to push in the next hour or so, so we should get some rest while we could. And at 5:00 Katie started pushing, and she pushed like a champ. I want to take this moment to tell all the women who have had babies, that I have a extremely deep amount of respect for what you go through, and that Katie is truly my hero!!

At 6:20 Our little angel came out, but she came out blue, limp and not breathing with the chord wrapped around her neck. She was whisked away to the specialist who started working on her right away to get her back. As Katie and I looked on nervously, they finally had her breathing and had a pulse. We had our little girl!! Shortly after that, Katie began to hemorrhage and they could not stop the bleeding, again I was an extremely scared and nervous wreck. After and Hour of work, the specialist were able to stop the bleeding, but not before I think I had a nervous break down, as all I could do was watch as the worked on my new daughter and my wife. All I was doing was saying prayers in t he corner, to come so close to losing the things that are most precious is something that no one should have to go through. In the end, everything was okay, and at 8:00ish we were able to finally hold, name and enjoy out little gift of McKenzie Jade Weening.

For those of you who don't know, the name comes from both sides of the Family. McKenzie is Katie's maiden name and, well, Weening is our last name. The initials of MJW are the same as mine, Matthew James Weening. So there you have it, a little glimpse into the labour and birth of our little girl!

Monday, March 10, 2008

New Arrival

Well it has happened, our newest member to our family has arrived. McKenzie Jade was born sunday night at 6:20 after a long and hard labour. Mom and baby are doing well and everything is great. I am very excited and tired and well just about anything you can think of. I will write more later maybe, and perhaps I will post some pics, but for now I am going to relax and enjoy and savour the moment. If anyone wants some pics maybe get me your e-mail address and I can forward them on.

Ciao and good night!!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Change to the weekday layout!!

Having been in the work force for the past 8 years (I know not that long) I have come to the realization that our current weekly format and layout is simply not working anymore, and that we can have the same amount of work completed in a week with my new calendar.

It is quite simple actually, nothing to do with the solar system or anything to do with the zodiac (take that Zeitgeist) or even the year of the rat. All we need to do to make life more fun and enjoyable, it to acknowledge that it is absolutely necessary to somehow implement the 4 day work week followed by the 3 day weekend.

In order to make this work, the only change would be to have people work 10 hour days instead of the regular (office clones) 8 that is standard right now. That way the employer will still get the standard 40 hour work week and the employee with retain all the benefits and wages that they are owed while being able to enjoy 3 days of rest and relaxation either on their own, or with their family. The best part of this is, is that if an employer asks you to come in and work on the weekend you are still going to get at least a 2 day weekend.

This is something that I came up with and named while I was working at Interior Concepts as a graphic designer in Michigan. I tossed around about working less and making the same amount of money. Well that was not going to happen, so I came up with a whole new week and renamed the weekend days. I am not sure exactly what the name was, but we got rid of Wednesday - one because it is spelled dumb, and second it eliminated "hump day" and added a day, I think called Matday right between Friday and Saturday. Hence the new work week was, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, with Matday, Saturday, Sunday rounding out the weekend.

So there you have it, the perfect work week to replace the current, failing I might add, work week format that we have now. If we continue down this path, people are only going to get more and more tired and have more and more nervous breakdowns. I am telling you people the insanity of it all has to stop!!


Thursday, March 6, 2008


I know most of you have seen this, but it is always worth a second look, "Kill the Jo, make some MO!!"


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A post strictly for comments

There is going to be nothing in this post, just a space for my readers to post comments. This is my attempt to see what kind of social commentary I can create from various readers comments that are solely their own thoughts and not brought on by anything. So please feel free to comment on anything and everything and help make this a success. CIAO!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

17th letter of the Alphabet, Letter Q

I have been asked to post a little something on here from a friend who is doing a post series. He has been writing a little something about every letter of the alphabet starting with A and going on from there. So before you read the rest of my post you should take a look at his by going here sublimation blogification and then come back to me, as he has asked me to write something about the letter Q.

Q is the the first stooge of the alphabet's three stooges, the others being X and Z. He is the quintessential leader of the pack, coming before the other stooges, having more uses in the Basic English language than Z, and X cant seem to start any words on his own. As the leader he is often questioned by the rest of the alphabetorium for his quick dismissal of Y as a stooge, He quickly and quietly answers that vowels cant be stooges. If being first wasn't enough for X and Z, then all Q does is point out his uniqueness and how he is the only one of the three who has a sidekick pretty much at all times. You see, U cant seem to stay away from Q and that usually gives Q the upper hand when faced with a quandary from his fellow stooges. As for the times when U is not there, well they aren't called stooges for nothing...

This brings me to my favourite Q word: Quagmire, pronounced kwag-ˌmī(-ə)r. This is my favourite word for two reasons, one it sounds unique and funny which fits the stooges just perfectly and the other is the many uses it has in our language, with a first name being one of them. "Quagmire, was in a bit of a quagmire for having too much fun with those girls" or "Quagmire was stuck in the middle of a quagmire, all because he didn't take the time to survey his surroundings" and finally putting them both together just solidifies that Q definitely is the head stooge of the alphabet "Quagmire found himself all alone in his quagmire while the quagmire continued to present itself unsteady and quagmirific, leaving him in one too many quagmires for his liking"

For those of you still with me, I hope that my last sentence didn't leave you in too much of a quagmire in figuring out the meaning of it all. After all a stooge is a stooge is a stooge, and so "Q" is now immortalized.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Women Know your limits

I stumbled upon this and had a good laugh. To think this is what used to happen and go on. I know it is a spoof but you know shit like this happened.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Canadian inventiveness and what it means

SO we(Canadians) have invented the following and many more: Insulin, the telephone, the light bulb, the Canada arm (used by NASA), wonder bra, standard time, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, the zipper, the Robertson screw ( and yes it kicks ass on the Philips people), ski doo, blackberry,walkie talkie, instant replay, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, self propelled combine, plexi glass... the list goes on and on. Now the reason that I am writing about this, is I was having thoughts back to my days at Calvin College and the constant questions that came up in the debate between Canada and the states was always what has Canada done for the states, beside suckle at the mother teat. Well if you are able to read and have some sort of educational background (grade 3 will do) then you can clearly see that some of the greatest and most cultural changing inventions have come from our great nation. Now I am not saying that the U.S has not held up its end of the bargain by any means, their list is very extensive as well.

I only wish to point out that we have, and continue to contribute to our society and are not just suckling at the mother teat, while going by the name of "America Lite". That is not only an insult in that we are our own country (who relies on the states yes) but more so that "America lite" is clearly making reference to Miller lite beer... I shouldn't have to say this, but as a country who prides itself on the fact that we can drink like no other, while not drinking horse piss (American beer) we take extreme offense to being compared to a beer that is not only considered to be shit here, but it is also shit in the states.

So to end I will say that I love the states and most things about it, but I also love my home country of Canada and most things here as well. But I really REALLY get sick of being compared to a shit beer and being swept aside as though we dont contribute to the world like the states do. So say what you want but there you have it!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Still waiting... All the while noticing...

So we are still waiting for the arrival of our little one, and people are starting to ask when we are going to get induced and all that jazz, well we are still 11 days away so I am thinking that it is not going to be anytime soon. So while I have been waiting for this event to take place, I have been really aware of other parents, kids and things in general that pertains to raising children. It was during this last week that I heard a 911 call on the radio (Jim Rome show) that stuck with me and struck me as funny, sorry, REALLY FUNNY and yet sad (somewhat) at the same time, here it goes

A woman called 911 when she arrived home one day to find her 12 year old and 10 year old fighting, not just any fighting, but really going at it a la Layla Ali in the ring. So she comes home and immediately calls 911 to request some help/backup. She is talking with the man on the other end and tells him that her 12 year old has kicked a hole in the wall and they are still fighting uncontrollably. This is where it gets funny, or at least to me it does. The dispatcher then calmly and matter of fact states "OK, do you want us to come over and shoot her?" this is followed by and extremely awkward pause on the mothers end, which is ended when she completely berates him and ask him for his name and tells him that this is not funny, blah blah blah. Now for those of you who think that I am sick for thinking that this is freakin' hilarious hear me out and then judge away.

First of all this mother of two young girls is not able to control her our daughters and has to call 911 for help, when she calls the dispatcher sees it how I see it "What the hell does this woman expect from me, parenting lessons???" and thus replies with one of the funniest and wittiest line in the history of 911 calls. "Do you want us to shoot her?" HILARIOUS!!! If you cant see the humor and brilliance in that then I suggest you re-read this until you find it funny, or better yet find the sound byte and listen to it. The reason why i find it sad, is that this mother can not control two little girls, 10 and 12 years of age, yet when she hears the mockery in the dispatchers response she goes on full attack and gives it to him. If she was able to handle her own kids the way that she handled the "shoot her" comment I am sure this call would have never been placed in the first place. Honestly what did this woman expect from this poor guy. it is called 911 emergency for a reason, it isn't called 911 super nanny, 911 parenting hot line, or best of all 911 Dr. Phil. If you need to call the emergency number of 911 for a sibling fight, well then in my opinion that speaks volumes to your parenting skills.

Before you all jump on me about the fact that I don't have kids, and you just wait and see, and kids aren't as easy as they look... Tell me this have any of you ever EVER called 911 because your kids were having a fight? I think not. So in the end the hilarity of the call and situation completely overrides the sad parenting skills part, which just leaves this "OK, do you want us to come over and shoot her?"

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Final Weeks for to milestones

Here I am, entering into the final weeks of the pregnancy. There still is a lot to do and we don't have a crib, but I have been told by many that a dresser drawer will suffice just fine when it comes to the nocturnal habits of this baby species that we are about to have enter into this world. So the room is almost done except for the fact that I have to put up some trim, paint the top color, put up the crib (whenever E-children decides we are ready to have it), put the car seat in the car, pack a bag, have my final "Holy shit I am gonna be a dad" moment and finally put plastic sheets on our bed... just kidding about the last part. So really all in all we fell unprepared and kind of betrayed by our friends, all of whom told us, that 6 months would be plenty of time and how we would be ready when the time comes. So to all you back stabbers... THANKS!! Seriously though, I do feel somewhat ready and prepared, or as ready and prepared as I can be. I am very excited and just ready to meet the little guy/girl and see what He/She looks like and decide on a name, but more to the point, I am excited that when the baby is born, I get to break my vow of dry living and drink a beautiful little pinot noir that I picked up the other day. Having not had the taste of alcohol for the past 4 weeks has been surprisingly easy, I found it harder to give up coffee for a month than I have not drinking alcohol for the past month. I guess there are two ways to look at this, one is glad to know that I am not an alcoholic or have alcoholic tendencies, and then other is that it sucks to be the place where I usually buy my booze as business must have suffered.

So dear readers I come to you on this fine Saturday morning, a morning in which most of the snow here is melted as a result of our 14ºC/57ºF day yesterday, looking forward to two things that are nearing on my horizon. The upcoming birth of my first child and the upcoming "first" sip of fine wine with "da wife" after 6 weeks for me and a long 9 months for her. I have yet to decide which will be more monumental... NOT!! (little tribute to Borat there folks) For those of you out there please pray that we are blessed with a healthy child and that momma will do well. Thanks and CIAO for now!!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Funniest family guy clip ever

I am posting this because I have been a bit addicted to Family guy as of late and thought that you should all take a look at this clip.

If any of you watch "family Guy" then you have already seen this, but for those of you who haven't, well this makes me laugh every time I see it. freakin' hilarious!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Parents of Miss Teen South Carolina

This is why we should have beauty pagents based on looks, body and ONLY that. This is in reference to my previous post. Still love it and laugh everytime I hear it!!

Freakin' hilarious!! I love the Dad at the end of the clip. Man I wish I was from good ole SC!!

And just so you all know, I am very aware that these are not her real parents and that It is a spoof. Just thought I would clear that up for some of you knuckle heads out there... : ) I am such a good speacher!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Are you kidding me...

I know that many of you have seen or heard this, but honestly how much sense does this make.

Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map, why do you think this is?

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so, because uh soma people out there in out nation don't have maps and uh I believe that our education like such as in South African and uh the Iraq everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should uh our education over here in the US should help the US umm or should help south Africa and should help The Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for our children.

God bless the US and the education system that puts these types of answers forward. Quite possibly the funniest thing that I have ever heard in my Life. Way to go South Carolina...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Losing a bet to oneself

So to go along with my previous post about the Packers and not drinking. I feel that I need a reprieve from the grief I have been getting. As many of you know, I have stopped drinking alcohol from last Sunday night, until our baby arrives. I made a bet with myself that if that Packers lost to the Giants, which was like going all in with AA and getting called by 7 2, that this is what would happen. Well the unthinkable happened, 7 7 2 flop, and here we are but that is not the reason for the post.

I feel that I have been a little silly, and this has been pointed out by numerous friends. How can one make a bet with oneself and then lose??? I never thought too much about it until it was pointed out to me, that I am the only person who they know who has lost a bet to themselves. And the funny thing is, is that I usually only makes these types of bets when am I almost assured of winning. To lose to yourself is just plain ludacris, especially when it is pointed out to someone this way.

"Hey, hey come here a sec. Guess what Matt gave up drinking from now until the baby is born, and no he isnt doing it because Katie cant drink. He is doing it because he lost a bet... And get this, he lost the bet TO HIMSELF!!!" HAHAHAHA

So I come to you dear reader(s) with a dilema. I have always been proud of being a man of my word and doing what I say I am going to do no matter what. But in this case, I find that the only person I am letting down either way is, well, me. So no matter what, I am damned if I do, and damned if I don't. So I come before you wondering drink, or not to drink, that is my question...

Who is the real monkey?

I am starting to wonder about this bet thing. Even the monkeys are enjoying the sweetness of fermented yeast, hops and grapes... not sure who the monkey is anymore.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Another saga begins

A sad day has come upon me. I am sorry to report that the great and mighty Packers have fallen to the Giants. Now this in itself is enough to send me over the edge, however there is more. You see not so long ago back in my younger and cockier days I told my wife that I would quit drinking alcohol when the Packers lost until the day that our baby is born, not that big a deal if you think about it the way that I was thinking about it. I will lay it out for you how it was SUPPOSED to play out in my head.

Packers play wild card winner, Packers Dallas Cowboys, Packer play New England Patriots in Superbowl and win, hence me not giving up anything for any amount of time. Well that is not going to happen now thanks to the stupid New York Giants and there 23-20 overtime win!!

So here is it, almost 6 full weeks from the due date of our first child, and me having given up all alcohol until that day arrives, which leaves me with a problem. You see it is not so much not drinking alcohol that is problematic, it is the fact that the Packers lost and are no longer in the playoffs. If they were still playing I would be in a much better mood this morning and not having a care in the world, but alas it was not meant to be. There is always next year I suppose

Anyway, this post is just a bunch of mumbo jumbo ramblings that don't really make much sense. The point of it was that I have officially given up any and all alcohol from this date forth until my child is born, and on that day, MAN OH MAN you had better be ready because it is ON!!

Au revior sweet nectar of life I will miss you!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Rules are Rules

I was reading the paper this morning over breakfast and coffee, and there it was. An article on cats. You see many of you have said that I am too harsh in my opinions on cats and what should be done with them, however if our great city of Calgary is taking measures and making laws for these vile creatures, then, my dear readers, maybe it is all of you who have it wrong, and thus it is me who has it right. You see the new law that came into effect January 1, 2008 was that you are REQUIRED to have your cat licensed, and not only that you are REQUIRED to restrict them to your own yard or property. So as you can see in the following article, our city also has a problem with these devil creatures.

Read this for clarification

And to the lady in the picture, shut up, do what the city says and stop complaining like a typical crazy cat lady. If not I will come and hunt your cat down. The dawn of the cat hunter is upon us!!! Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken ain't got nothin' on me!!

And if you are still not convinced that cats are evil and do not belong anywhere but on a farm, watch the first 10 minutes of the movie Hostel II and then go ahead and tell me that they are nice furry little creatures that only puuurrrrr, if that doesn't do it then tell me this; what two creatures have evil little slits for eyes... Serpents and cats, and we all know the most famous serpent sure as shit wasn't good and pure.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Remembering the old, then ring in the new

On some advice from a close friend and fellow blogger, I will not be bringing up any debates, Cats, annoyances or anything like that. Instead I will be giving you my list of Top seven things that have happened in the past year, and then officially say goodbye to 2007 and hello to 2008. Now I have many memories and I am sure that I am forgetting some but these are what popped into my head whilst writing.

7. The Rise of the once again great, Green Bay Packers. After 3 dismal years, the Pack are back. With the great Brett Favre at the helm heading into the playoffs as a division winner and top contender. I know this seems shallow, but hey who's list is it, that is right MINE!! GO PACK GO!!

6. Katie getting her diving certification. This has been something that has been on my most favourite things to do list: Dive in as many oceans and on as many reefs as possible before I die. Now That she is certified, I have my permanent buddy and we can go anywhere in the world. I am not only happy be extremely proud of her as I know how hard it was, but now I also see how much she enjoys it and can't wait to do it again, making it highlight worthy!

5. Good Friends, good food and good wine. Much like a friend of mine, I quite enjoy good food, good wine and good company. I have had the pleasure of getting to know and becoming closer with some friends all while enjoying good food and good wine. I count myself lucky to be able to enjoy all three things together and to have the friends who enjoy sharing the same niceties throughout the year. I can only assume and hope that 2008 will being more of the same memories.

4. Going back to Michigan, and for two reasons. It was great to see the family one last time before we have the baby. They were all excited and got to see the belly that is growing more and more each day. And also to have my first hunting experience. Again I could go into it in detail but I have already and all you need to do is read this post, Virginity Lost In Michigan, and VIOLA there you have it, my day as a hunter!

3. Taking a family trip with everyone to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. My Parents were kind enough to take the whole fam down to the DR for a week just after Christmas. Being able to spend time with the entire family in an exotic place is not something that happens everyday and will be remembered forever. Thanks Mom and Dad!

2. A pregnancy announcement from the parents to be. We are expecting a new little life into our family in the near future. After many years of not being sure if I wanted kids or not, we came to a mutual decision after our trip down under that we would like to see if we were able to have a family. Although the trying time was not as long as I would have liked, we were blessed with a quick, and thus far very good, pregnancy. I am excited beyond words about becoming a dad and hope that everything in the next little while continues to go smoothly.

1. Taking our Second honeymoon trip. We were able to travel around Australia for 5 weeks in February and March. I don't have enough time or space in the post to even get into it. But it wasn't only a highlight of this year, but one of the top highlights of my life. Spending 5 weeks with the love of my life doing everything together and experiencing new things together is something to be cherished. I will always remember this as an extreme high in my life. If you want to read more, go to these posts on my blog. Start of the trip and the finish of the trip

So for those of you who made this year a pretty damn good year, I say thank you! I hope that 2008 brings more of the same. And I am thankful for good friends, conversation, food, wine, travel and most of all my wife. Thanks 2007, and Welcome 2008!