Sammy at 8

Any cat owner has to bravely face the fact that your feline friend has a life expectancy of 15-20 years. At age eight our current pal Sammy is firmly into middle age. However even as an old timer, he still has quite a bit of life in him.He’s a big cat. Always a wide body ...

One Year Later

As the summer solstice nears again, I am reminded of the fact that one year ago today we were in Helsinki on our Baltic cruise. The days at the 60th parallel were truly long even in comparison with those in Ottawa at this time of year. I believe in St Petersburg it started to get ...

Living With Linux

There appears to be a multi-stage process that takes place when one starts working with Linux on a PC.It goes somewhat like this:Stage 1 – AttractionYou need a new operating system for an old PC that isn’t supported by Microsoft any more, or you are sick of Windows 98/Me crashes, viruses, worms, spyware. However you ...

Retirement FUD

It kills me how much disinformation and FUD there is out there about retirement planning these days.I just read another article from a bunch of Waterloo actuaries that says that today’s boomers are not saving enough and will be in danger of working until 75 or so – probably flipping burgers at Mickey D’s – ...

Triple A

After 50 years of interest in the game, two World Series, spring traning junkets, visits to numerous major league venues, etc. etc. – I finally attended my first minor league baseball game last night.Sarah and Dave took me out to see the AAA Ottawa Lynx against the Durham Bulls. Crash Davis and Nuke LaLuche did ...

Antique Surfer

It cost over $3000 when new, at a time when laptops were expensive curiosities for corporate executives. It was obsolete the day it was built. Its processor is at least 4 generations away from leading edge. It is maxed out at a now pathetic 160 Mb of RAM.In its heyday it was designed as a ...

Grandpa’s Home

It was 1976. Trudeau and Levesque were debating the future of Canada. Jimmy Carter was squaring off with Gerald Ford in the US. Disco-mania and the leisure suit were rampant. The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. And I finally realized a lifelong dream and got a grandfather clock.It was hand built by my uncle’s old ...

Let It Be…Naked

Yeah, yeah I’ll admit it. Like most late 40s boomers I have a copy of “Let It Be” in my vinyl collection. However it’s never been one of my favorite Beatles works, at least when compared with “Sgt. Pepper” or the White Album. It’s got a collection of mostly great songs but it just didn’t ...