These images are 8 random "Daily Pics" from my Flickr collection dating back to 2005.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

No Umbrellas on Oct 3, 2006

I don't often mention current events in my blog as these entries are primarily about things we do. In this case, though, those two topics intersect. I have been rather interested in the protests which are presently occurring in Hong Kong.

We were most recently in mainland China but I fondly recall a multi-day stopover in Hong Kong. How could that have already been almost exactly eight years ago? Every single time we have visited to Sri Lanka from Vancouver, we have travelled westward. Going over the Atlantic would take a similar amount of time, but it just seems more convenient and cheaper to go through Asia.

I do offer my best wishes for the peoples of Hong Kong during this time of democratic reform.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Banking is Changing

Lots of people and groups are working feverishly in moving the concepts of money into the Internet age. Yesterday, HSBC Canada started allowing the use of Interac for personal payments by email. Also, Apple is trying to create a new juggernaut of financial services via their iPhones. Business models like Western Union can be seen quaking in their boots.

More importantly, in my view, is the fact Bitcoin is moving from speculation to being a worthwhile financial tool. I know too much about the subject to rationally discuss it in a short blog post. Let me say, for over a year and a half I have glimpsed a bit of the future. People who argue against it are generally uninformed, but again this is my opinion about any view that differs from my own. Let's just say that in five years I won't regret studying about this subject early on.

The logo is of a new business which opened to the public on Monday. I have a account, so if I owe you $5, I can get that to you within ten minutes and at zero cost, wherever in the world you are.

Monday, September 29, 2014

No Free Lunch

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but the Starlight Casino served us a free buffet dinner tonight. As Jay's birthday was in September, we got an invitation card in the post. Ah, the advantages of having Encore cards, even though we've never spent a penny of our own cash in those slots! Three cheers for promotion. Oh, and Jay got a free bright red piece of carry-on luggage with the casino's logo emblazoned on it.

2014_09_29 More Birthday Cake

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Give Me Speed, Over Pretty Pictures

googleflightsI have always thought that I was pretty good in finding cheap flights. We have flown out of SeaTac to save hundreds. I've used Kayak and booked international flights through Flight Hub. I cannot remember the last time I spoke with a travel agent. We've never had a problem, I might add.

I had never really put Google to work for me for these chores though. I was just playing with Google Flight Search and discovered I will be returning to it when going actual fare scouting. I like how it avoids showing itineraries with ridiculously long stopovers. I like how easy it is to flip through alternative days and see the instantaneous effect on prices. Once upon a time there were only a few choices when trying to book airlines and hotels. Now there are almost too many options!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Grocery shopping is a Saturday event at present. I was contemplating how we can schedule life differently when we have no time clocks to punch. It will be fun to watch new routines evolve in November.


We have a knife in the bed of the truck. It is used to check the cassava before driving home. It is one item of produce which cannot be verified without seeing the inside. The Superstore is great at rebating or replacing bad quality ones but it's convenient to do so before driving home. Today, we had one that wasn't up to snuff. While Jay went back in for another I sat on the tailgate of the old Ranger. Then, across from me in the parking lot, I noticed the car in the photo below.

The truck has been dependable transportation since 1996. During the intervening years, even with long trips, the odometer has only gone 94,500 miles. I hope to be able to get to the one hundred thousand by the summer of 2016. That would be an auspicious year to get another vehicle. I have only bought two new vehicles in my life. Maybe my next one will the made in Korea. I really like the 2014 KIA Soul. I've been interested with them since they were first produced. I suppose I could go test drive one even though I don't have short-term purchasing plans. I'd like to see what the electric version is like to drive.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Not a Tunnel

2014_09_26Although I haven't really been in a tunnel, I've definitely noticed a light up ahead. I see a cause for imminent celebration.

As a reminder to myself, I added a Facebook status update at 8 o'clock this morning which plainly stated,

"T Minus 11."

I was walking across the BCIT Burnaby campus at the time.

It meant that I'd be treading this patch of ground as a PTS instructor only eleven more times. My class meets on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays and will finish up on October 22nd. So, should you come across a single number on a future Facebook update or in my Twitter feed, it may well stand for the number of remaining classes I have before retirement.

It felt even more real today as after class, I went to HR to have my pension application verified. It ain't gonna be much, but it'll supplement our other, vast financial holdings. (cough cough)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Army and Navy Department Store

Front Street
Front Street

This is not really a blog entry today. I have started a one-man Twitter campaign to get The Army and Navy Department Stores to pay attention to the sorry state of the Front Street side of our New Westminster location. This does not enhance downtown New West in any manner. Public shaming has its place.