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It’s a Battery Conspiracy…

Within a high tower of glass the last light of the day reflecting from its surface upon the city below we find the boardroom. The lights are dimmed so that identities of those around the table are hard to distinguish. Smoke curls from Cuban cigars clutched between jewel encrusted greedy fingers. A hand snakes out of the darkness at the head of the table and grasps a glass filled with an aromatic Glenfiddich 50 Year Old. He raises it in salute, “So, do we have a deal?” The others raise their own glasses and intone “We have a deal; toys will be made with an odd number of batteries required. And for each one sold you will send us a very large check each quarter.” All but one finishes their drinks and shuffle off into the darkness of the boardroom, the lights from the hallway spilling in as they open the doors and exit. The leader tops up his glass and sinks back into the cushions of his throne, “Now everyone must buy more batteries to fill the void of the missing one…”

Is it me or have kids toys started requiring odd numbers of batteries as of late? Normally you would open up the back of a toy and have to put in 2 or 4 or more batteries; but it was always even numbers. And even though it might have taken more than 2 batteries it was always okay because they were sold in even numbers. When I go to the store there they sit on the shelf or hang from hooks, packs of 2, 4, 8 or more. I don’t see packs of 3, 5 and 9 anywhere, have you?

But so far this week I have opened up the back of 2 different toys and have been faced with 3 batteries required. THREE! WTF… my battery reserves were low already. My pack of 24 only had 2 remaining, so the hunt for the odd battery began. Into the battery box I went, a repository of the left over and button batteries that accumulate over time. But due to the odd number required in my kids toys all the extra AA’s had been used up already. And so it seems that for now I must go and buy more batteries…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…

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Might have some time for this now…

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

So typing away here one handed as I am home bound for a number of weeks due to Carpal Tunnel surgery. I think the most painful part of the surgery was the darn tourniquet the had on my arm. Also there were some interesting sounds and tugging sensations as it was done with just local anesthetic. Was not able to watch as they had me laying down for the procedure. They were kind enough to double the dose at my request, as I seem to have a tolerance to pain medications and require more than normal, my dentist has my file tagged as a reminder even. Since my job has no light duty options I am home for the full recovery time, and of course I get my other hand done in the new year, so this is going to be a long process.

Carpal Tunnel #1

Carpal Tunnel #1

I get to take the wrap off tomorrow and get it cleaned up. If you want to see any of my new pictures I have been posting over at Flickr as of late: Digital Generator Photography (just a name, it’s not a business)

Okay this is taking longer than I thought, so I am signing off for the moment.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…

D.

Yeah Me!…

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

So as some of you may know in late September I am competing in my first ever Spartan Race, it is a 5km Sprint. So in getting into better (not enough time for good) shape and so I had set myself a goal at the gym: get to 5km on the treadmill.

Now for those that partake of the MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) or other gaming genres I would fall under the Tank Classification: Big & Strong but not so great at distance or speed. Add in some previous knee(s) & hip damage and the task becomes all that much harder.

But today I did it! 5kms in 38 minutes and 21 seconds.

Okay I will wait for all you runners and other healthier people to stop Rolling on the floor laughing. …3…2…1…and give myself a pat on the back.

I feel quite good about this, and the best part is now that I have hit the target I can only get better and I know I can do it. So I hope to see that time drop as I continue working out before and after the race. For a guy my size I think I’m doing pretty well.

Might need some deep cold gel for a few of the other muscles used tonight and I drank my new après workout drink: HoneyMaxx – Orange. See if your local health food store carries it. HoneyMaxx is a honey-based sports and exercise drink, and it’s very good. Now if I could only get them to pay me for saying that…LOL…no seriously… 😉 They also have a Lemon-Lime flavour.

But time to get to bed, considering how much lifting & carrying I do at work all day, and then go to the gym, I should be looking like a Mr. Universe contestant, but no such luck…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

 

Yes, I am still alive…

August 9, 2013 2 comments

If anyone is still following this blog I just have to say once again, sorry,  a daily blogger I am not…

I tend to find that life gets in the way of posting more often than not. That and I tend to not have much to say, at least not much that won’t get me in trouble… I have been posting a few photos over on my Flickr page instead of on here as of late. So if you want to see some of the new pictures head on over there for a peek:

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Other than that it has been all work and some play. Big car show tomorrow in town so I am hoping to fill up the memory card(s) on the camera. Don’t know if the 37 Celsius weather will be all that fun on the blacktop, but you gotta do it now and then. Considering I work outside most of the time now I think I’m getting use to it.

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Still trying to get into better shape for my Spartan Race in September. I’m doing better than I thought I would so far, but… I see many Burpees in my future…

Doing some push-ups here at the house and all I can hear is my elbows crackling as I work out…I’m getting old and those dang Glucosamine / Chondroitin supplements that I am taking are not doing a damn thing. Sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies® in the morning when I stretch…SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Get off my lawn…

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I think I am having an old man moment…

I have had this card tucked away for years but decided to bring it out and scan it to share with the masses; well not that the masses follow this blog but here it is anyway…

I can’t remember who gave it to me originally but I was in high school at the time. I don’t believe that I was doing anything that would warrant the card being a direct comment to me, more they were just passing the joke along (I hope). I thought it was perfect being in standard business card format so you could pull them out of your wallet and pass them out when the moment struck.

Print off a few and have fun!

Okay, I had written a big long rant here about spoiled, self-entitled kids now-a-days and all that, but I deleted it…

I know my category is Incoherent Text, but I will not subject everyone to it anymore than I do already, also I was getting incoherent even to my own re-reading.

Suffice-it to say: Dang whipper-snappers today…elementary kids with iPhone 5’s out past 11pm, what’s the world coming too?

I guess if I’m going to shake my cane at the kids on my lawn I better see about getting a lawn soon.

Or maybe I will take over a bench at the park and be the crazy old guy who thinks it’s his lawn…Ya, that might work, less yard maintenance involved…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Just my luck…

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

So after many tests and doctor visits it seems I finally have the answer to what ails me; I have an non-operable (unless it gets really, really bad) Sliding Hiatal Hernia up near the esophagus and top of the stomach. This thing even accounts for my wonderful Pseudo heart attack that started all the tests in the first place (from what I understand it put enough pressure into my chest cavity to squish the lungs and heart). So after the doctor and researching online there is not much to be done for this thing. Mainly one is stuck with it and has to adjust accordingly. One of the big issues from what I am reading is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) which means the old stomach acid gets into the esophagus and starts burning holes through it. So for that I am on a new medication; Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which will be for the rest of my life it seems (need to keep good  medical coverage as this stuff is not cheap). At least I am not a lover of spicy foods so that is one dietary change I won’t have to make.

So as with anything the doc recommends the normal things, eat right, 6 small meals a day (Sound familiar Mom?), lose weight, take meds, and no heavy lifting. Now this last one  is where I am having an issue, neither the doctor or what I read online can tell me what weight is too heavy to lift. Do I need to stop at 25 lbs, 50 lbs, 100 lbs, 200 lbs. Do I have to stop lifting my kids, stop taking the groceries up the stairs, how much is too much at the gym? Or in general? So far I’m not finding an answer anywhere, and so I’m most likely not going to change my life aside from what I do at the gym; guess I’m stuck doing more boring cardio and no more of this…

So until I can get a definitive answer it seems to me that life will keep moving along as normal. Still waiting on the pulmonary tests but seems like this would be the issue there as well, not enough room for the lungs to fully inflate as one of the hernia’s symptoms can be misdiagnosed as Asthma since it affects the diaphragm.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Nostalgia I guess…

I don’t know why as of late I am having such an interest in NASA projects. It might be the fact that STS-135 was the final mission of the Space Shuttle after 30 years in operation. Maybe it is the fact that the shuttle missions began (first launch April 12, 1981) & ended within the span of my life so far on this earth. But it all seems rather poignant and inspiring at the same time. It is sad in the sense that we have stopped an amazing feat in human engineering and adaptability. One also needs to remember the loss of life during STS-51-L (Challenger) on January 28, 1986, and STS-107 (Columbia) on February 1, 2003. No matter what era of history one looks to, one finds that with all great advancements in science and technology there is usually a human cost associated.

I watched the final launch live online; I even dragged the kids over and kept them interested for the final seconds till liftoff. I must say that I was happy to see the excitement in their eyes as they watched in rapt attention as the Shuttle cleared the tower and powered into the ether. After the launch my one daughter pointed to the screen and said “I want to see that again!” And I can say that we have watched it over again online.

The ISS (International Space Station) orbiting over our heads remains focused on a number of scientific research programs. For the duration of its time in space NASA has turned toRussia’s Soyuz spacecraft and the private sector for support. In some ways this is a deferral of costs as the Shuttle was not the cheap mode of transport as originally hoped ($450 Million per mission on average). Nor did the shuttle reach its expected target of 500 launches.

NASA now intends to focus its efforts and knowledge to reaching farther into space; designing the next generation of engines and spacecraft that will take humankind to Mars and beyond. I still think they should be testing a little closer to home, before sending people off to Mars and I know we have been to the moon already; but the kid in me still thinks a moon base would be cool. NASA also has a number of on earth projects on the go, one of which is taking place a mere 126kms from where I live; once again…cool.

In my small sense of trying to be part of the bigger picture I have gone so far as to buy some NASA patches marking the 30 years of the shuttle program and final launch. What I will do with these is still up in the air (no pun intended…lol). I have thoughts of a framed set-up of patches and photos but for now they sit tucked away with my Apollo patch. I know these items have not traveled to space to return to Earth so their value will not really grow over time but it allows me a chance to own a small piece of history.

Who knows, maybe I can instill the interest of the world & space around us into my kids that they might look to the stars and strive to reach them as well.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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