This is the weather we’ve all been waiting for. The long summer nights as spring disappears and the official start of summer begins. And with the wife away and I have wheels too, I have an opportunity here to get wild and crazy, play the stereo loud in the car (jazz) and head straight for:
You’ll note that how in the USA, they have the need to explain what Tm Horton’s is. Not so in Canada . But the Canucks do promote the ‘Always Fresh’ I have noticed..
Anyhoo.. It could of been worse and my beverage of choice for this evening could have been this:
(and this probably costs less than my beverage of choice here too. The portion sizes seem to be the same for both and that’s supersized!)
This little adventure actually started earlier in the day actually when on the way back from a Doctor’s appointment I stopped at the drive through (sorry, drive thru - old habits) pharmacy.** I didn’t have to get out of my car at all** to pick up my prescriptions!! (you know you’re middle aged when it’s not just one prescription any more - but many) . And I realized that except for a stop at the grocery store I made three other stops and never got out of the car:
Post Office - you just drive up. Drive through window for stamps. And they have Saturday mail. I have a little thing for the USPS here but that’s another post all on it’s own
Drug Store for above mentioned drugs.
After my steak dinner, I thought - what would happen if I got out of the car? What would I see? Only one way to find out…and off I go..
And right across the street from the ‘Cafe and Bake Shop’ I see this:
I thought to myself - this is perfect! They can explain about the Tim’s thing and the popularity of drive throughs and why there’s mail on Saturday but on closer inspection I saw that the place looked a bit deserted:
despite their welcoming signs:
I don’t think they’re open, regardless of what the sign says.
So while I drank my coffee on the bright red picnic table:
and asked myself - Now what do I do?** I guess I may as well go explore**. It’s not like there’s demand for space at the infocenter. I have the entire place by myself and it’s kind of nice to be out in the warm summer air. Might as well have a look around:
I saw lots of people who like me earlier, were stuck in their cars: Some had places to go:
and some travelled by bridge:
and some were just out cruising:
And some had parked their cars at the info center: I saw a blue Ford
And a red Ford.
But eventually, my coffee ran cold. I may as well take a bit of a walk and see what I can see, as this really was the purpose of this trip - to get out of the car and smell the:
And I found that when you do this, the grass really is greener:
And you see all sorts of things you can’t see from behind the wheel of a car:
You hear birds chirping
and bullrushes swaying in the breeze.
and see planes fly high above.
All of this I happend by getting out of the car and using those things at the end of your legs: your feet.
You also find you may need them to run, because: oops!
1TB SSD Prices are still in the stratosphere for the time being, but over time we will see the prices for 1 TB ssd drives drop, just like we have seen the prices for 1TB hard drives drop over the years. But I suggest while you wait for the prices for 1TB SSD’s to come down to earth, check out hard drives that are known as hybrid drives
Consider the cost of a brand new SSD drive will set you back close to $2500 (if not more, as you can see from some of the best prices I found for 1TB SSD prices currently for a solid state drive with that much capacity. But what if you could get real close to the performance of an SSD for a fraction of that? You’d be all over it, right? I know I was an that’s why I upgraded my MacBook Pro with a hybrid SSD drive as opposed to buying a SSD. I think I paid a little over $100 for my Seagate Hybrid drive and it works great because after a while it remembers your most accessed data for faster hard drive performance when compared to standard hard drives, but at a fraction of the SSD costs.
If you’re buying a 64GB SSD or even a 128GB SSD you may not care about the hybrid drives as the realSSD prices may be cheaper than a hybrid drive anyway, but for the 1TB size for Solid State Drives, I think you’d be better to spend your money elsewhere. At the prices the Solid State hard drives are demanding for 1TB you could buy a few, if not many computers for the same price.
You know, for somebody that doesn’t like dogs I think the dog is keeping me company this week and I sure find myself talking to the dog a lot (maybe I shouldn’t admit that out loud on the interweb). I never ever know what I’m going to write for this thing when I sit down to blog. It just happens organically, which is why I’m having so much fun I guess
And tonight, is one of those times, when it comes to having fun.
I saw this at the public park across the street and thought it might make a good photo:
The light is nice.. Now of course, I had company:
And when we went back to the backyard to inspect the garden (no need to water - we had a half hour thunderstorm), - I get greeted with this:
For those not in the know, this is code for “play with me”. I hadn’t intended to throw the dog the ball and getting a good photo was next to impossible as I had to throw the ball, then bring the camera to my eye before the dog got to the ball to get the photo and let me tell you - this is one fast pooch:
But after a few practice throws we both had a really great time tonight:
There was a time I woud be all over this - and I have been. But today, as I watched the Apple Keynote presentation releasing a whole whack of goodies from newer and faster MacBook notebook computers to newer operating systems for both i devices like iPhones and iPads to newer operating systems for their Mac OS I kept thinking as I watched all this:
I don’t need any of it.
Granted, some of it looks like fun, but I’ll never get used to talking to my phone to have it do stuff or even my computer, so why would I pay a premium? I won’t lie that the high resolution screen on the new Apple laptop looks pretty spiffy, but I don’t need any of it. NEED being the operative word here.
Perhaps if our fiscal situation were different I may be tempted sure, but the computer I’m typing on is a fraction of a cost and still a Mac so I get all the good Mac OS stuff for a lot less money.
B and I were out in the mall a few months back, and as is the usual case - the Apple Store was packed and we overheard two guys asking each other - what’s the big deal with the Apple stuff? It costs more than any other computer you can buy and their products, while great - can be pricey. I lived happily in 2009 before the iPad release, oddly enough, and still am. Come to think of it I am the happiest now that I have been in some time and I sold my MacBook Pro on eBay and still don’t have an iPad. Huh.
This new frugality I’m experiencing is quite new to me but the further I travel along this road of less stuff, I realize I’d be happy listening to music and reading a good book which has a much lower hourly cost - especially at the speed I read - I get about a page into the book lately before I’m nodding off. At the rate I’m going…
And the beauty of this is that by happily living with what you have and less of lusting over the next big thing is that you will have savings for emergencies and even the item you really did want and not just thought you wanted. Sometimes the best way to save money is to stop looking for stuff to buy. It sounds like such a simple theory, but if you don’t go looking for trouble, you won’t find it.
This doesn’t mean we don’t shop online or spend money - we do. B appreciates nice dresses and I still keep up to date on the hobbies I have, and there’s new gear coming out all the time. (this is my current item I am wanting) But I’m OK with less and less stuff I don’t need and by selling it on eBay you get more money for the stuff you do need.
I think in the case of the Apple stuff or any tech stuff there’s a point where I’m realizing that what I’ve got is good enough. Take my camera for example: It’s four, almost 5 year old model and I’m using camera lenses from 1990 - Can you tell? I doubt it. My camera has all the f-stops and apertures and more than enough technological wonders as it is I don’t use.
The same goes with computers or phones: Can you tell what phone I’m using when I call you? How about my computer - can you tell whether I’m typing this on my phone or my Mac or my Acer PC with Ubuntu installed?
Today, I shipped this out the door:
One less thing in our lives and more room for what matters.
When B and I first met, one of the first things that struck each other was our accents. I say Maaaazda and paaaaasta all wrong apparently and for her - it’s dooooollar. Also, she did not know about touques:
But, once we figured out that while, we may have to ask questions at least we will be able to understand each other - the next thing we learned about each other is what we do for our professions and to this day I still have no idea what B does for a living exactly. I have an idea and overall theme if you will but I have no reasonable explanation for the bomb that got dropped on me last month:
” I want to go to Uruguay” . (It’ s OK if you want to stop here and go look up where exactly Uruguay is because I had to as well - I’ll wait)
Now of course, I wasn’t expecting that when I heard “ We have to talk” (Lord, do I dread those words) I thought I would be painting, which come to think of it - that’s what it did mean, but I’ll get to that in a minute….
You see, it seems there’s some big “everybody will be there, I have to go” convention going on and of course, B had to go. As you can imagine, a round trip ticket to Uraguay is not cheap and we could have a water heater for the same price, but guys - she has the career. Me, I’m just taking it one day at a time.
I tried to explain the need for regular bathing and hot water and that there’s the internet and email and skype and all kinds of ways to save over $1000 on travel but, well.. we all know how this story goes:
Safe Travels, B. The house seems real big without you.
While You Were Away.
Some of us in the household can’t be traipsing around the world , (ahem) and have duties that seemingly never end and with that in mind I thought I’d share the results of my manual labor and a few tips:
You will get a sunburn if you don’t wear sunscreen. Believe me, I know.
You might need a new pair of boots:
When ordering paint it helps to have them stain the paint before you buy it and take it home. Ask me how I know this.
You will paint miles and miles of railing trim
Whoever invented unpainted lattice trim is the devil.
The end results look pretty good. Total time: 2 days by the time the brushes got put away.