Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Tiny WalMart Photo Centre Protest

I have used WalMart's Photo Centre for photo processing for as long as I can remember until one day when I went to process an order and there was a new policy.  You have to pay for the photos in advance with a credit card.  Now let me just say I do understand having to pay for really large orders in advance . . . but . . . that wasn't the case here.  So I had a little protest . . . 

I generally pay for online purchases with prepaid credit cards (gift cards or whatever you want to call them) and I had a few lying around with small amounts of money left on them so I placed multiple orders of anywhere from 5 to 25 photos and gradually used up all the money on the gift cards.  

Here's what I picked up the next day . . . 


I order my photos from Superstore's Photolab now.  They only request a credit card on orders over $75.00 and they are just across the parking lot from WalMart.

Downtown

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014

Tanka Tuesday: Downtown

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's tanka prompt is: downtown.


like Cinderella 
and not a moment too soon 
big change is coming 
a historic part of our 
town will rise from the rubble

Monday, June 29, 2015

Forrest Gump (1994)

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #5 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Forrest Gump (1994)

Who doesn't love Tom Hanks?




In fact, some days I'd like to be Forrest Gump. 
Forrest Gump, is considered slow-witted, but thanks to his Mother he was never left out of anything.  In fact, he had many adventures including being a college football star, a soldier in Vietnam, the captain of a fishing boat, and a ping pong champion, These adventures have allowed him to be part of many historic moments.  It is an awesome story.



Academy Awards, USA 1995 
Won

Best Picture
Wendy Finerman
Steve Starkey
Steve Tisch

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Tom Hanks

Best Director
Robert Zemeckis

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Eric Roth

Best Film Editing
Arthur Schmidt

Best Effects, Visual Effects
Ken Ralston
George Murphy
Stephen Rosenbaum
Allen Hall

Nominated
Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Gary Sinise

Best Cinematography
Don Burgess

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Rick Carter
Nancy Haigh

Best Sound
Randy Thom
Tom Johnson
Dennis S. Sands
William B. Kaplan

Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Gloria S. Borders
Randy Thom

Best Makeup
Daniel C. Striepeke
Hallie D'Amore
Judith A. Cory

Best Music, Original Score
Alan Silvestri

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Artwork

MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Artwork

Do you own any pieces of art? Tell me about them?


Hal was working in a customer's basement many many years ago and spotted this painting.  He loved it and mentioned that to the customer . . . who gave it to him.

We contacted the artist, Gaston Petridis, at some point and were told our painting could be valued as much as $2000.  That was exciting.  No, Hal has no interest in selling it.  He still loves it.

If you would like to see a few more of Petridis' works, check out this link.

Friday, June 26, 2015

To clear or not to clear?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/23/no-you-may-not-clear-my-plate-the-most-annoying-restaurant-trend-happening-today/?tid=sm_fb


So anyway . . . this article shows up in my Facebook news feed the other day and it got me thinking. My usual pet peeve in restaurants is that they don't clear the dishes away quickly enough but this article got me looking at the whole thing from a different angle.
Without my permission, restaurants have abandoned, or simply overlooked, a classic tenet of service etiquette (I'm talking about entrees, not the ubiquitous small plates, which demand a different etiquette). Rather than clear plates once everyone at the table has finished the meal, which has long been the custom, servers instead hover over diners, fingers twitching, until the very instant someone puts down a fork. Like vultures, they then promptly snatch up the silverware -- along with everything else in front of the customer. If you're lucky, they might ask permission before stealing your plate.
When a server clears a plate before everyone is finished, he or she leaves the table with a mess of subtle but important signals. Those who are still eating are made to feel as though they are holding others up; those who are not are made to feel as though they have rushed the meal. What was originally a group dining experience becomes a group exercise in guilt.

Here's an article on table clearing etiquette:


Silent Serving code
This just shows the waiters whether or not you are done with your meal.
If between the meal you need to leave the table for any reason, criss cross the fork and knife to show you are not done with your food to avoid the waiter clearing away your plate.

When you are done with your meal, your knife and fork should be placed diagonally from upper left to lower right. (imagine the plate as the face of a clock 11 to 5 position) The knife stay untop while the fork stays down. This will tell the waiter to clear up your plate.

http://bodylinebyella.blogspot.ca/2015/03/dinning-etiquette.html

So now I'm wondering which is worse . . . not clearing or clearing too soon. I'd like to hear your opinions.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Procrastination

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Procrastination

What are you procrastinating on right now?

(Procrastinating on? Procrastinating about? Procrastinating over? How do you say that, anyway?)

Procrastination

I admit it.  I am the world's greatest procrastinator when I really really really don't want to do something . . . but my biggest problem is that I want to do too many things and I run out of time . . . to do the thing I don't want to do . . .

Dinosaur #2


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Birth House by Ami McKay

You may have noticed once or twice that I am a huge fan of lists. So here is another interesting list, 100 Novels the Make You Proud to be Canadian. I've only read 5 of the 100 novels. That`s rather sad. The books I have read from this list are all in my Amazing category.

The Birth House by Ami McKay


I do believe my sister Nancy gave me this book to read.  I really enjoyed it.  It was a good solid read and I personally like historical fiction, even when it isn't set far in the past.

I'm almost scared to get into any sort of serious discussion about this book after reading a few reviews and seeing the lines in the sand drawn between the I-don't-get-it-I'm-confused group vs. the scary-feminist-agenda-making-women-who-give-birth-in-hospital-feel-bad group vs. . . . blah blah blah.

Let me tell you this . . . it is a well written story, there appears to be a great attention to the details, and it is hard to put down once you start reading it.  If the author did have a hidden agenda I don't really care.  I will leave the high-brow discussions to others.

Enjoy.

Six Word . . . Tuesday . . .


SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014

Six Word Saturday
Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.


resting up for crazy busy ahead

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #5 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

I loved loved loved this movie. Of course I don't think I've ever seen a Morgan Freeman movie I didn't love.



Tim Robbins plays a man who is found guilty of murdering his wife and her lover. He is innocent but I guess that doesn't matter. The movie is about his life in prison and his friendship with Red, played by Morgan Freeman.



I really love the ending but I'm not going to give it away in case you've never seen the movie yet.
I can't believe they didn't win any Oscars. The movie was nominated for:

Best Picture
Niki Marvin

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Morgan Freeman

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Frank Darabont

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins

Best Sound
Robert J. Litt
Elliot Tyson
Michael Herbick
Willie D. Burton

Best Film Editing
Richard Francis-Bruce

Best Music, Original Score
Thomas Newman