Monthly Archives: March 2011

Jarred Memories … Or Memories In Jars

 

A friend in High School had a set of felt pens: you could only see the ink using a blacklight.

Over a few years he covered every inch of his bedroom with writing, doodles, and other stuff: the walls, ceiling, floor, furniture, stereo speakers, and even the inside of drawers. Nothing remained untouched.

It was pretty cool at the time.

I don’t think his parents ever knew about it.

I saw him a few years ago and asked him about his old bedroom.

It’s all still there, but I don’t know what most of it means anymore.

That’s how I feel about my hometown.

 

note: sure you can never go home, but people seem to write about the experience a lot of the time anyway.

double note: I like when people sum things up for me unintentionally.

triple note: it took me a long time to realize that something good came out of my hometown: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowichan_knitting

… other than me of course. hee hee!

quadruple note: I haven’t forgotten anything about growing up, … I’ve just misplaced a lot of things for long periods of time.

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Today #160

Today an 8 year old student puked in my classroom. I don’t usually have that affect on people … or a stained smelly carpet.
(I always ask people what they ate as I clean up their vomit: it’s an anti-gag reflex reflex for some reason)

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Left For Another Day

 

Sometimes I drive by a place and think “I should go in there one day and check it out“, … but I always keep on driving.

I wish I worked there.

 

note: I wonder how many Egyptians drive by a pyramid and think “I should go in there someday.

double note: I don’t want to be buried in a pyramid … a triangle will do. I’d draw the line at an angle though … probably straight and connecting that angle into a triangle. hee hee!

triple note: the “Bermuda Pyramid” would be really scary! … and make a great movie!

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Today 159

Today I was politically incorrect … I didn’t know what the ruling Party of The Netherlands was.

Backward “Buts”

 

Why can body parts be dislocated, fractured, damaged, injured, hyper-extended, bruised, broken, chipped, cracked, scratched, and sprained;

but only toes can be stubbed?

 

note: I think I stub my face when I don’t shave … or something like that.

double note: you know that second between stubbing your toe and the following pain? … I know you do.

triple note: I wish I could snap my toes like my fingers … toes must get kind of tired tapping to music.

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Today #158

Today unrolled like a roll of toilet paper unrolling across the floor: it was fun to watch.
(it must be an optical illusion, but that toilet roll seemed to get smaller the farther it got away from me)

A Maizing Graceless

 

I have an earache on my arm.

… someone hit me with a cob of corn.

 

note: some corn really gives you an earfull!

double note: I don’t know about “love“, but “corn hurts“! … someone should tell Nazareth!

triple note: the photo has nothing to do with anything … I’m just not armed to the teeth with cobs of corn right now.

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Today #157

You know when a piece of caramel gets stuck in your teeth and you try like crazy to remove it? Today was like that, but it didn’t have that yummy caramel taste.

Mneumonics

 

Memorizing all the words helps me remember mneumonics.

Initially my memory isn’t very good.

 

note: I wouldn’t want to be named ROY G. BIV. I’m sure the nickname “rainbow” would be hard to shake.

double note: I think of C.O.T.R to remember ROY G. BIV to remember the colours of the rainbow.

triple note: mneumonics for mneumonics seems like work.

quadruple note: pneumatic drills sound like biology class all over again.

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Today #156

Today I brokefasted: … a couple of eggs, toast, and a cup of coffee. No big whoop.
(I’m past tensing … I’m pretty relaxed now)

Key Balls And Chains

 

I’ve acquired quite a few key chains in the last 10 years or so.

Most of them were presents from friends or students who went on holidays: Saipan, New Zealand, Australia, other places in Japan, and Hawaii seem to be popular destinations for Japanese people for some reason.

I’ve bought a few as keepsakes from places I’ve visited: the “No Stress” one from Morro de São Paulo, Brazil supposedly floats, while the real piranha one would fall apart if you stuck it in your pocket, but it’s cool anyway.

Others just seem to have appeared magically with bottles of whiskey.

For me, the only problem with having so many keychains is … I don’t use keychains.

My keys are in the top left of the photo.

 

note: I should open a keychainstore.

double note: people seem to give me a lot of gloves as well, … but never those cool doctor ones.

triple note: the only person I know with an authentic keychain is Mr. Pettit.

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Today #155

Today I read that Cindy Lauper was on tour in Japan when the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor stuff was happening … and she just kept on touring for another week. She goes to the head of the class.

Fishy

 

I guess fish just say, “There are plenty of us here.

 

note: “depth perception” probably means something different to fish.

double note:sal, tro, tun, mac, sol, her, cat” … I’m practicing my fish scales.

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Today #154

I wish there was a song about “today” in the musical “Annie” … I’m sure it would be uplifting, spunky, and a real toe-tapper.

Pessoptimists Must Stand In The Middle Of The Road

 

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

I don’t know.

My bathtub is usually half-full.

I must be a big optimist.

 

 

note: baths are never fat, rotund, obese, or heavy-set; they are always tubby. hee hee!

double note: every time I walk by this bathtub, sitting out in a farmer’s field, I think of Donald Diddams‘ post here:

triple note: I’m tired of paying the reality check … I’ve been ignoring the unreality check … or should I still be doing that?

quadruple note: thanks for all the notes and well wishes about the tragedy in Japan. THANKS!

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Today #153

Today was a beautiful sunny day … somewhere: it rained here though.

Still An Another Update

 

Just a quick update to say that things here are still quite normal.

The gasoline stations are being supplied with gas a little more regularly than 4 or 5 days ago, but there are still long line-ups/queues for it.

I can walk most places I really need to go, so I’ll probably have forgotten how to drive and will be in better shape in another couple weeks.

There were donation boxes at many stores the day after the earthquake and tsunami, but I noticed that people were collecting money for the aid effort outside of supermarkets today. A bit of public guilt seems to loosen up people’s pocket books a bit … especially when they are carting groceries to their cars.

The crisis at the nuclear reactors is definitely worrying, but I’m actually more concerned about the hundreds of thousand of people who are spending day after day in evacuation centres up north in less than ideal circumstances.
The Government is making plans to relocate many of them to facilities in unaffected areas further south.

I will be glad to get back to work on Monday as just sitting around isn’t very good really.

 

note:Stress” is my middle name, … but “No” is my first name, so I’m okay.

double note: apologies to S. Le  and others for not captioning the picture on “An Another Update“. If I had a mind, I’d say it slipped it.

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Today #152

Today I realized that I see more people I know when I walk places.

An Another Update

 

Things here are about the same as they were a few days ago.

On the walk to the gym this morning I noticed a few businesses closed, but most were open.
I went into a convenience store and bought a sandwich: there were normal supplies.
I went to the gym: it was normal.
I got a haircut: maybe it was a “panic haircut”~!
I stopped by work to tell them I would be at work next week: it was normal.

I went to a grocery store: it was normal.

Everything is still normal … just an underlying note of stress and concern in most people I’ve met.

 

 

note: it’s hard to see charity boxes without shoving money in them.

double note: I’m a bit stressed, but hopefully I will lose a lot of weight in the process. I’m looking for a lose/win situation.

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Today #151

Today nothing happened: that’s not a bad thing.