Syracuse

It’s funny. On many previous trips to the US for mini holidays, Syracuse was just a city that was easy to bypass using I-481. Lately however it’s become a family friendly destination in its own right. We visited again last weekend. It all starts in DeWitt with a very friendly and comfortable Holiday Inn Express. ...

Big Iron

This is what we used to mean if we used the term in computerese. Mainframe units that required their own air conditioned room. These days with a lot of folks surfing the Net on a smartphone, I’d argue that “big iron” probably┬árefers to a desktop system. Call me a dinosaur but I still think there ...

A Vanishing Career

I began my career in the Canadian food industry over 45 years ago as a newly minted chemist. During the course of it I worked as a product developer, basic researcher, quality assurance analyst, and laboratory manager. I worked for 3 major food conglomerates and the best flavor and fragrance company in the world. And ...

More Lessons in Appliance Failure

I believe there is another Appliance Failure Law that says: If an appliance has been in use for approximately 10 years there is a 90% probability of a major meltdown. The latest casualty at home is a rather unsung piece of metal in the basement called an HRV unit. This is something that is needed ...

Starting Over

I am a watch collector of sorts. Mostly I collect the old stuff – pocket watches made before World War I and wind-up wrist watches from the 1930s to the 1950s. I got started back in the 1950s myself when my grandfather gave me one of his old pocket watches. I still have it; it ...

Blog Versus Website

When I first began to establish an Internet presence there was really only one practical way to do it – build a website. Those were the days of online communities like GeoCities or Angelfire and many millions of online users picked up a bit of HTML and established a place on the Web. If they ...

The Most Annoying Object In The World

It’s a child’s car safety seat. We have two of those in the Jeep as a rule, but today I needed to take the winter tires in for mounting so the seats had to come out. First of all they are bulky objects to put in or take out of the car. You need to ...

A Prayer in the Cemetery

When my daughter was here on Sunday she wanted to go over to the nearby Catholic cemetery since it was All Souls Day. So we did. When we got there, I told her some of the history of the place (It’s actually the 3rd Catholic burial ground in Almonte, although in use a long time.) ...

Grandpas through the Years

My grandson came over for a visit yesterday. That got me thinking about the relationship I have with him, and indeed the relationship I had with my own grandpa. This  is a picture of me with my grandpa circa 1955. I was a bit older than Teddy and Grandpa Hawley was probably 80 at the ...

Turning Back the Clock(s)

Well it’s done. Tomorrow we shall be on Eastern Standard Time here in the Valley so tonight we had to adjust about 20 timepieces in the house – not counting a bunch of wrist and pocket watches and self regulating units like cable boxes and computers. Most of them are easy – clock radios, coffee ...

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