Monday, July 31, 2006

Thank you DH*!



I should be thanking you sweetie for planning an amazing getaway for us. I had such a great time and possibly the best dinner ever! I'm salivating just thinking about it. Great find honey!

Thank you my love. You are truly my superman and the best hubby a girl could have. I am the luckiest woman alive. You surprise me every day with how sweet and thoughtful you can be. I love you and I always will.

*DH in this case stands for Dear Husband and not Dry Hump. This instance is an exception to the rule though.

Wicked Weekend Review

Wow. What a great, fulfilling weekend. Sucks to be back at work today, but that weekend frickin' rocked.

Started things out on Friday with a Gullwings ultimate game. We kicked the other teams ass 15 to 8. That now puts our team at an unbelievable 10 and 0, with 150 points for and 58 points against. That's a +/- of 92!!! I can't wait for the day when we break 100 on the +/-. Can't really remember what we did afterwards, I remember calling HandJ to see if they wanted to get together, but they were busy with their respective knitting and dragon slaying. Go figure.

Saturday morning we went for a bike ride up to Walmart and Sobey's. The main purpose of the trip was to buy tennis balls - also picked up some other stuff. Once we got back home, we packed up our tennis stuff and headed to Mooney's Bay for a little one on one, tennis style. In the beginning I really sucked and Ferda got most of the points. But near the end, my game started to turn for the better and I beat her three games to one. After a shower and a rest, we packed up and headed over to the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata for our romantic getaway. Very cool hotel, very great food. We had a great time. Thanks Ferda!

Sunday morning, we left the hotel and met up with Alex and Holly out at Constance Bay for some boating. Did some wake-boarding, tubing, and rowing. That's right, rowing. We were in some shallow water near the Quebec side of the Ottawa river when the prop hit a rock and took a lot of damage. Not only that, but the engine died at the same time. Good times.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

(7 + 29) / 6 = Love?

[Note: for all my imaginary readers of this blog who are not interested in mushy posts - please look away now]

Is this the new math? Or some crazy formula dug up amungst all that Da Vinci Code hype? Nope. It's simply a numerical expression of the date for which my first anniversary falls on. So without further delay, here's a small poem I wrote for my beautiful wife. I know it's a few days early, but I couldn't help but tell the world how much I love her:

Dearest Ferda, what can I say?
How I love you in every way
Now it's time to mark so clear
Our anniversary...of one year.

You treat me like your king
Upon my throne so high
Is it any wonder why I feel
Like the luckiest man alive.

You're just so truly sweet to me
Generous with all your gifts
Please know what it means to me
And how my spirit lifts.

I love that now we can share
Everything that we are
From sports to food and films and such
Even your old Honda car.

Together we have seen so much
Honestly Ferda, I can say
That being with you, my love
Gets easier day by day

Our wedding, it was the best
Next to family and friends
I could have been in heaven
So sad that day had to end.

Then later to our honeymoon
On the beach with sun and sand
Ferda, it was frickin’ awesome
Being there hand in hand.

But best of all my dream
Continues to this very day
Honey, we are soul mates
Together, in every way.

I truly feel this from my heart
For I wouldn't have a clue
Just how I'd live this life of mine
If I were here without you.

So on this day we mark our marriage
To toast, I’ll drink some beers
And say, with love that keeps on growing
I'll look forward to many more years.

Happy 1st Anniversary!

Sevgilerimle,
James

Simpsons Trivia - July 25, 2006


In Homer the Moe, what is the name of the bartender school Moe attended?

A. Chugalug State
B. Swigmore University
C. Bottoms Up Bartender Academy
D. Waterdown Institute

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Memorable episode quotes:
Russian Woman: After Chernobyl, my penis is falling off.
Moe: And "penis" is Russian for?

another one:
Russian Woman: All this yelling is taking away my horny.

last one:
Homer: :singing It's The End Of The World As We Know It: Leonoid whatsis name. Herman Munster Motorcade. Birthday party Cheetos. Pogo sticks and Lemonade. You symbiotic stupid jerk, that's right Flanders, I am talking about you!
Lenny: How'd you get REM to play in your garage?
Homer: I told them it was a benefit. They think they're saving the rainforest!

Monday, July 24, 2006

something to look forward to!

Simpsons Trivia - July 24, 2006


In Treehouse of Horror XI, in the segment Scary Tales Can Come True, Father (Homer) has lost his job as what?

A. Town drunk
B. Sheriff of Nottingham
C. Village oaf
D. Indentured servant

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episode quotes:
Witch: This house is filthy!
Bart: What do you care? It's not like you have friends.
Witch: I have a boyfriend!
Bart/Lisa: Yeah, right.
Witch: What!? I do!
Lisa: What's his name?
Witch: Uh..... George.... Cauldron.
Lisa: George Cauldron. Maybe he can fix me up with Ed Ladle.

another one:
Chief Wiggum: Hmm, Bottlenose bruises. Blowhole burns. Flipper prints. This looks like the work of rowdy teens.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - July 21, 2006


In The Strong Arms of the Ma, according to Rainier Wolfcastle, what movie did he star in alongside comedian Rob Schneider?

A. "My Baby is and Ugly Man"
B. "Bill Nurse, Male Nurse"
C. "Shabby Butler"
D. "Kindergarten Bounty Hunters"

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I couldn't find any episode quotes but I did find some Rainier Wolfcastle quotes here. Enjoy!

PS2 Fixed

About 6 months ago my PS2 crapped out and stopped working altogether. Wouldn't read any cds, games, dvds, and would continually give the 'disc read error' message.

Finally last night I got down to business and opened it up to properly clean it out. First, I got all the dust out it. Then I opened the laser and cleaned it and the lens really well with rubbing alcohol.

It now runs like it was brand new.

Last night I played all my favourite old games: FIFA '03, GTA: San Andreas, We Heart Katamari. Perhaps for Mike & Mel's pool party tomorrow we should bring it and the DDR game. If it's ok with those guys.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Movie Review: Super Street Fighter Alpha Combo

No. We didn't see a movie called Super Street Fighter Alpha Combo. As far as I know, it doesn't exist. Even though that would be pretty frickin' cool. But I sure got your attention, didn't I. On with the show. For this movie review session I'll be going though 4 movies we have seen recently: Pink Panther, Cinema Paradiso, Mr. 3000, and The Matador.


Pink Panther

Let's see - how to start... We caught this one on the plane coming home from London. Very funny movie. It was also pretty funny since Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) is a ridiculously stupid French national, and since the plane was full of English, they were all laughing it up in accordance to England's second favourite national past-time: making fun of French people (I'm assuming number 1 is either soccer or drinking...). The film was also cool since it was mostly filmed in Paris, and we could say we had literally just visited most of the locations. All in all, a hilarious movie that I recommend. Martin has a great French accent that you must hear. I give it quatre Tour d'Eiffel's out of cinq.


Cinema Paradiso

From Hollywood poking fun at the French, we now move to an purely Italian classic. Ferda rented this one on account of Artoo's advice. Alex was over at the time and the three of us sat down to watch. Perhaps we had that wrong attitude when we started, and as such, this masterpiece when down poorly. In retrospect, it really was a great movie, but I didn't enjoy it at the time. I do recommend it, but make sure you book a solid 2.5 hour break out of your bocce ball tournament before sitting down to watch.


Mr. 3000

Lately, Bernie Mac has been in quite a few movies. And I am loving it. I think the first movie that got me on the Bermie Mac Bandwagon was the remake of Guess Who, which paired the 'Mac side by side with Ashton Kutcher. Since then, I've seen as many Bernie Mac movies that Ferda will allow me to rent. She enjoyed this one too, even liked the baseball theme - perhaps due to our constant battles on Mario Baseball. Full of great jokes and one liners, this movie has what you want in an all-around comedy: laughs, great story, and a good finish: 2999 hits out of 3000.


The Matador

Call me crazy or don't call me crazy, but I am a huge Pierce Brosnan fan. I've seen tons of his movies, even own a few - and I'll continue to watch them since he does not disappoint. Same thing goes for this movie: Brosnan puts on a great performance, however, not with the typical James Bond coolness we are used to. He plays a hitman / assassin type (ok, we're used to that role), but he's a little off his rocker this time. Oh yeah, and also, he's quite a 'dirty' character with TONS of great, dirty one-liners (I'll put some at the end). He forms an unusual friendship with Greg Kinnear's character and things get going from there. Good story, great twists. Ten MI5 agents out of ten.


Quotes from the Matador:
[Julian Noble = Pierce Brosnan, while Danny Wright = Greg Kinnear]

Julian Noble: Margaritas always taste better in Mexico.
Danny Wright: Yes they do.
Julian Noble: Margaritas and cock.

[silence]

Julian Noble: Ughh, sorry about the cock thing, it's kind of a conversation stopper.

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Julian Noble: I look like a Bangkok hooker on a Sunday morning, after the navy's left town.

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Julian Noble: I wouldn't do that for all the teenage twat in Thailand.

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Julian Noble: [after flirting with some Mexican schoolgirls] I hate these Catholic countries. It's all blushy-blushy and no sucky-f*cky.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - July 19, 2006

In A Tale of Two Springfields, according to Lenny, for getting back at people there's nothin' like what?

Sorry no multiple choice today but I know 'chu can due eet!

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Memorable episode quotes:
Infomercial
Hi! I'm Phoney McRingRing, mascot and president of the telephone company, and I'm here to explain why the convenience of one area code in Man's Voice: -Your Town-
has been replaced by the convenience of two area codes!
Homer: Uh, I have a question, Phoney!
Lisa: It's a movie, dad!
Homer: Quiet honey, daddy's asking the man a question.

One more:
Kent Brockman: Scientists say they're also less attractive physically, and while we speak in a well-educated manner they tend to use low-brow expressions like "oh yeah?" and "come here a minute!"
Homer: Oh yeah? They think they're better than us, huh? Bart, come here a minute!
Bart: You come here a minute!
Homer: Oh yeah?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

More Videos

Here are two of my favourite commercials we saw during our trip(s) to the UK. If these don't make you want to see the new Transformers movie, they'll definately get you interested in a new C4.




Shameful Promotion by Yours Truly

So you all know by now that I love our DS, and specifically my favourite game, MarioKart DS. And I've been pushing all my friends to get one, including Palmer, who I showed off the WiFi abilities of it to last night. I think he was pretty impressed.

But if you didn't want one before, I think you'll definitely jump on the bandwagon after watching this video:

Google Video - MarioKartDS

Monday, July 17, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - July 17, 2006

In Simpsons Tall Tales, when Connie Appleseed (Lisa) hands hr dad an apple, what does he think it is?

A. A handball
B. A gigantic maraschino cherry
C. A buffalo testicle
D. A clown nose

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Memorable quotes:

Frink: M-whey, that meteor is headed straight for us, with the fire and the impact and the hundred percent chance of PAIN! PAIN IN THE GLAVING!

One more:

Hobo: This is Southside Jake, tearin' into Tincan Tilly.
Homer: Oh, this'll be good!
..
Jake: Who put the beans in my bindell..
Tilly: Oh I'm so tired of you sayin' that I put beans in your bindell... it just makes me so..
Jake: Do you ever shut up?
Tilly: Kiss me you fool!
:Hobo starts making out with himself:
..
Lisa: Uuh, can we hear another tall tale?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Killing Time

Quick, someone, anyone, send me something to kill time! Today is just dragging by. I should have borrowed Palmer's idea and stayed home for today (even though he's sick - get better buddy). Or better yet, taken Holly's plans of going to Vegas for the week with Joelle and Michelle. Lucky girls.

My plans for this weekend include Gullwings ultimate tonight, more DS-ing, Saturday visit to Hawkesbury/cottage to see the paternal parental unit and his mangled hand. Last weekend he was ripping a 2x4 with this table saw up at the cottage - I guess he wasn't paying close attention 'cause he nearly ripped three of his fingers off! The middle finger was the worse, the tendon was completely severed. He had to go to Ottawa General were a plastic surgeon there was able to reattach it. For now, mobility in those fingers is zero; but hopefully, with some hard work and physio, he should be back to normal. Or as normal as my dad gets. :-)

For your enjoyment, here's the email I got from my dad, Monday, July 10th:

hi james:

just thought i'd tell you, before someone else does, that i've had a bit of damage to my hand as a result of carelessness with my tablesaw. it's really not serious, mostly just a pain in the ass, as i only have one hand to type with. although i may not be able to make capital letters, i can type the lower case ones just as neatly.

i have to go to the General, in ottawa for plastic surgery, and physio, so you'll probably be seeing alot of me for the next while.

My reply:

Are you serious? What happened?

Then he wrote back:

i was ripping a 2x4 into 2 1x4s when the blade came through and cut my fingers. doug took me to hawkesbury hospital and they sent me to the general in ottawa. nerves and tendons were cut then repaired. I may never play the piano again, but with alot of hard work and physiotherapy, I will definetly play the violin as well as ever, maybe even better.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Picture Diary of Maureen & Shannon's Wedding

Thanks to Matt for the pictures and also for introducing me to Hello and Picasa. As you can see I'm having a lot of fun playing around with them.

The lovely couple...


an actual nice photo of us before we got all sweaty and crazy on the dance floor:


breaking out the robot & having a blast!
 
 
 




one hot bridesmaid... tssss!


good friends... I LOVE MY FRIENDS!!!
 
 
 




Continuing the party at the parking lot...


I think it's time to call it a night...

Simpsons Trivia - July 13, 2006



From Tennis the Menace, fill in the blank on Bart's chalkboard.

A. Incriminating photos of the teacher
B. The cafeteria's Health Code rating
C. Reproductions of my butt
D. The principal's credit report

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Memorable quotes from this episode:
Homer: What on earth are you doing?
Lisa: Practicing Tennis!
Homer: That's Tennis? Oh... then what's the one where the chicks wail on each other?
Bart: Foxy Boxing?
Homer: Yes.. that's what I wanted!

One more:
Marge: And it's gonna do wonders for our social life!
Homer: Yeah, it's be nice to entertain friends and have people over.
Ned: Hey, you got a tennis court?
Homer: Keep walking, Flanders.
Ned: Will do...
Homer: Faster!

Last one:
Homer: Good news, honey, I've found a way to prove to the town we're not losers. I've entered us in a doubles tournament.
Marge: What!? But we're not ready to compete!
Homer: Don't worry, the tournament's not 'til tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Stealing?

As I mentioned before, we picked up a Nintendo DS and a few games for it, especially Mario Kart DS, Tetris DS, and Animal Crossing: Wild World. Each of these three games are compatible with the Nintendo WiFi Connection which allows us to play other players from anywhere in the world providing they have acces to wireless internet.

At first, we weren't able to connect to the Nintendo WFC since we don't have the internet (or a computer!) at home. However, I've discovered that one of my neighbours has his WiFi router on and completely open and unlocked 24/7. He hasn't even changed SSID's name from "default".

So for the last few nights we've been connecting online and playing MarioKart and Tetris against random players, most of whom kick our ass. I think in MarioKart I've got one win, and in Tetris about 15-20 wins. That's a drop in the bucket compared to some of these guys with upwards of 1200 wins.

Back to the point - here's my question: are we wrong to be using this guys internet connection? Or is it fair game since he's left himself wide open for anyone to piggyback his internet?

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - July 11, 2006


In HOMR, what is Homer's great idea to solve the family's money woes?

A. Move under the sea
B. Rent Marge's womb out to a rich, childless couple
C. Live under the bowling alley
D. Start a Native American casino

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Memorable episode quotes:
Homer: :doing impersonations:
[Homer] Hello Marge
[Marge] Hi Homey!
[Homer] Sign this please!
[Marge] You're the boss!
[Child] Daddy! Ask the man for some candy!
[Homer] No no, no candy for you!
[Child] Well at least get some candy for yourself!
[Homer] Hehehe... kids.

Guy: Here's your candy!
Homer: So long, sucker!
Guy: Uuh, sir, your life savings?
Homer: Uuh, yes. I see that it's in bill form. Excellent.

One more
Kent Brockman: Animotion is up an eighth... after plunging seventy five points this morning!
Homer: Oh, I hope plunging means up, and seventy five means two hundred!
Kent Brockman: The firm declared super-dooper bankruptcy, which is terrible news for the company's one stockholder, Homer Simpson.

last one:
Lenny: That's right braniac. You cost us our jobs, which we need for working.
Carl: Not to mention driving to.
Moe: And I was a lot happier before I knew Dame Edna was a man. A lot happier!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Friday Time Wasters - July 7th

So, Friday is here. Short weeks are great since they go by so fast. And we kept pretty busy during the evening this week, thanks to Matt for having us over last night. Well - won't keep you waiting, I've got two new flash games that I've found that are pretty cool:

Firstly, BinBall. Very similar to Cyrkam Airtos, (which I recommend you check out as well), with the office setting and you have to sink baskets with a paper ball. Jamesmo and I played this one for months, then we started the actual paper ball basket game. Our area of the office was LITTERED with brick paper balls. Anway, BinBall gets you to kick a soccer ball into a bin at various place in the office. Very world cup inspired.

And secondly, DiceWars. I'm very hooked on this one. It's a Risk sim that's really quick and sets you up against any number of computer opponents. You're always purple and trying to take over the randomly generated land formations.

Check 'em out, waste your time, and have a great weekend! See most of you at Schmo's wedding tomorrow!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I called it

So France has beaten Portugal and moved on to the finals against Italy. I can't wait for the game on Sunday. Just for the record, I called France to win back when I did my french presentation in February.

Vive La France!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Canada Day Weekend Review

Starting with Thursday, June 29th, we arrived home from our Eurotrip that night and Alex picked us up from the airport. He filled us in on all the things we had missed during our absence: missed parties, missed going-ons, and missed Hollyisms. That night we did laundry, some grocery shopping and lots of unpacking.

The next morning, Friday, I had to go to work. Wasn't that bad. It was actually pretty quiet in my office since most people had taken that day off. The day went by quick and I got lots of work caught up. After work, I returned my Civic to Ottawa Honda since the lease period had expired. We're now down to one car. So far that's going ok. I mean, each work day we carpool anyway, so no problems there. Anyway, back to Friday: after that we went to our gullwings ultimate game. One of the toughest games we've had so far, but we managed to win and continue our winning streak. We're now at 6-0. Booyakasha. After the game, I showered up and headed downtown to the Heart & Crown to meet up with everyone for Mike L's bday. The pub was rockin with the music of Shaydid - they played lots of great music.

Saturday was Canada Day and we went to Duncan's for a bbq and to watch the two world cup games. Too bad England got knocked out on penalties, but I was super happy for France. It was great to see everyone at Duncan's. And Shannon and I started the best game of bocce ball which ended up having everyone join us to play the biggest game ever! Later in the evening when it began to rain, we moved indoors and watch the best canadian movie - Strange Brew.

Sunday - drove out to Matt's cottage with Alex and Holly. We did some boating, tubing, skiing, and ski-dooing. It was great. A lot of fun. Except for the time when the steering on the boat broke and we almost capsized. I was driving while Alex was skiing. And I had Ferda and Holly in the boat with me to spot Alex. Things were going fine until Alex fell and I did a quick turn to go back and get him. I guess I must have turned too quickly, because the steering cable snapped and the outboard motor all of a sudden yanked to the right, putting the boat into a crazy right hand turn. The boat jerked sideways, Ferda almost fell in, and I screamed "WE'RE F*CKED!!!". I managed to kill the engine and save the day. Then Alex figured a way to McGuyver the steering cable back into place. And we did some more skiing! Thank you Alex and Matt.

Monday - took it easy. Small bike ride up to blockbuster, rented The Producers and Jesus is Magic. Both were pretty goofy. Later, HandJ came over for some pizza and to watch the Producers and play DS. They picked up the DSLite while we were away, so we had to check out the wireless multiplayer. Pretty cool.

Great 3 day weekend - can't wait for the next one. Also can't wait for Shannon and Maureen's wedding this weekend, should be a great time!

This is for the Da Vinci Code fans out there



From the Louvre in Paris

Une autre...


This one is from Belgium (Brussels) also...

Vacation Pics

Unfortunately we don't have very many pics. Our camera screen got smashed and these are pics that my mom took with her camera. I managed to email a few to myself and here they are... enjoy!

Piccadilly Circus in London, England:














Witnesham Hall in Ipswich, England. This is where James' maternal grandfather and his family grew up.














in Brugge, Belgium














in Waterloo, Belgium on the way up to the famous lion














in Brussels, Belgium

















atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France