These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Personal Quote #123

"To all the people who worked hard to stop the train whistles in downtown New Westminster:

Thank you. I love you."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gimme a Little Space


One can never have too much storage space, whether in a barn or on a computer. I picked up several extra USB flash drives today when we were uptown. They are handy when one wants to let someone borrow a movie or some-such.

This is my first month of Internet service with a 300 GB cap. I don't ordinarily use quite that much in daily Internet activities. I want to maximize my use for my new allowance, so I have been searching around for mp4 replacements. I have dozens and dozens of DVD discs in my possession that need replacing. I already have hundreds of files on a 2 TB mobile Seagate drive which is attached to my Android box. I noticed online that new ones holding 4 TB can be had for less than $CA 180 nowadays. Perhaps I should spring for a new drive and dedicate it for storing feature films.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's Tuesday

This was the first day after the long weekend. I suppose that meant many people had to rush back to work today. I now find that type of activity hard to imagine.

Not a lot was happening today. Jay did return to Burnaby so a doctor could authorize his participation in the cardiac rehab program at the hospital. He is thinking about going in for just a couple of sessions and then unfreeze his regular gym membership. He is fit to return to an active exercise routine. While he was out, I returned to Pier Park wearing my new head gear. The Sony MDRXB950 headphones are much better than my previous set in an outside environment. We had a very dark, cold, and dramatic winter and spring, so it is nice to just exist in sunshine.

Like a Postcard

In the postal box today, we got the city's property tax bill for 2017. It wasn't much of a surprise as I had already seen our account online.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Life's a Walk in the Park


I must say that the weather during this long weekend has been much nicer than any I can remember. Of course, I sometimes wake up and find it takes me ten minutes before I can recall the day of the week.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Animals and Ducks

The Guys

The Meeting

Jay was up to making a dinner for our friends. We had them over a bit early just to take a quick trip up to Queen's Park before dinner. The Victoria Day long weekend is when the petting zoo opens for the season. I was happy to have friends join in our traditional start to summer in New Westminster, BC.


After getting back, we just stayed around chatting before and after the meal. The weather was nice enough to use the balcony for some of the evening. Just before doing home, they Richmond guys took the rubber ducks. So we know where we'll be hosted next time.

To Richmond ...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

On the Road to Damascus

My new multifunction printer has a scanner. I don't know if I like it as well as my very old flatbed Canon. However, I was able to drop a really poor-quality print from the 1980's onto the glass and scan it directly from my tablet in another room. It was easy to crop in the tablet's software with which I'm now familiar.

On the Road to Damascus

For some reason this photo was sitting un-scanned on the glass of my older scanner. The shot was taken in 1982 or 1983 when I worked in an elementary school in Kuwait. We were on a road trip during our spring break. I crossed Saudi Arabia with Trevor; however, the girls had to fly to meet us in Jordan. In those days it was not a problem to cross into Syria and we all made a visit to Damascus in Trev's GMC (Jimse). The trip, obviously, wasn't completely 'smooth sailing'.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Yeah, Baby!

(The title must be read in the voice of Austin Powers.)

We generally go shopping on Saturdays, but decided to try today. We consider the closest Canadian Superstore in Coquitlam to be ours. I always make sure to visit the newer-type blood pressure machine near the pharmacy. One needs to log on to it with an email address. It's much worth the extra bother. All prior results can be shown from home with personalized graphs and averages too. I do like following my numbers and was very happy with today's.

Keeping Track

Excellent. (This time try imagining the voice of Monty Burns.)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Money to Burn

On Facebook, I commented on a recent posting about not having the need to buy a new printer. It read,
"Ah, I gave up on my own reluctance. The online price for a printer was half of what I could buy at London Drugs or Walmart. I don't need a new printer, but want to play with a wireless one which will print from my devices (wherever I happen to be through the Net). Just too geeky to pass up."

Brother DCP-L2540DW

Moments ago, I completed the process to buy this Brother DCP-L2540DW online for $129. Oh, and those are Canadian bucks meaning the price across the border would look even 25% cheaper!

I ended up justifying doing so for a number of reasons: 1) Perhaps due to the model's clearance, it seems really cheap. 2) Unlike my previous printer, it can duplex and save a lot of paper. 3) I have had my present printer for nine years. 4) The new model doesn't need to be attached by USB and will connect to wifi from our bedroom. 5) This should also be able to print from my phone and tablet seamlessly, and is Google Cloud Printer ready. 6) Most of the online reviews are positive.

With all those benefits, I'd be crazy NOT to have bought it. Right? The only caveat is I hardly have a real need to print anything. Sigh.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Let's Not Rush Recovery

Jay's open heart surgery was a day more than six weeks ago. Apparently, many new mileposts are reached at about this point in time. He can be a bit less careful about this breastbone as it should adequately healed for an increasing number of activities. Also, all the medical staff and the literature say that he is finally fit to drive and should be allowed to hit the road now.


I'm not so sure about that though. He doesn't have a driver's licence and has never driven here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Oh, Brother!

Most people do not really need a traditional computer printer anymore. I know this. Still, I have some rough edges which haven't kept up with the times. For example, when going to an airport, although paper tickets have gone the way of the dinosaur, I still like carrying printed confirmations with me. It is my security blanket from times when we didn't have to get half naked entering the airport along with pat-downs by staff in any locations still covered. I am perfectly aware I could verify data with my phone.

During vacation planning, we find 8 1/2" x 11" print-outs helpful too. A lot of research goes into learning about areas to which we travel. Somehow PDFs just don't seem sufficient. So, I have recently become aware that our old, HL-2140 Brother printer was not running at 100%. I could see small random specks of toner on blank areas of every printed sheet. I knew I got the device a long time ago, but was surprised by how very long ago by searching here.


I got a little excited about being able to look online at newer devices. I found, compared, and chose a suitable replacement. Then, my conservative self decided just to open it up and clean the old one. I took the printer out on the balcony and blew it out with a hair drier. Now it prints perfectly again. Damn. I cannot justify a purchase now. Perhaps, if I drop it from a height ...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Aromas from the Kitchen

The balcony doors are tightly shut today. The entire day has been more akin to what we see during a normal winter. The intensity of the rain varied, but hardly ever ceased completely. The temperature probably did not get above 10C.

Yet, I think I'm lucky. Our apartment always smells great. Here's an example of why it does right now.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nothing's Certain Except ...

I think my city's property tax bills are generally sent out at the end of this month with payment due at the beginning of July. Yet, I have already applied for our BC homeowner's grant and know what the exact payment will be.

I clicked online to see when our next power bill would come. For historical reasons, we pay the city of New Westminster bi-monthly for our electrical consumption. The department had recently done a switch over to a new, online system. However, the old one is still set up for property taxes. I clicked there and noticed that although we owe more than last year it is surely within reason. I had hoped for this despite how drastically our last assessment had risen. There's been talk of a housing bubble in the Vancouver area for years and years.

Most people don't stop to figure out how property taxes really work. Just because the value of one's own property increases doesn't mean that their taxes should. A city basically divides a budget by the total assessed value of property under its jurisdiction. When everyone's value rises uniformly, and city spending remains the same, then the tax should remain constant. Moreover, should there be an increase in taxable property with similar municipal spending, then one's own taxes could actually decrease. Due to inflation, this scenario seldom happens.

Sunny Place

I guess it's good to know how much we'll be forking over.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Roman Holiday

Today on Expedia, we booked a hotel for a stay in Rome in August. We'll travel there three days prior to beginning our scheduled cruise.

I remember seeing Roman Holiday (1953) years ago. Finding an online copy today wasn't easy, but it was worth it. Audrey Hepburn was such a cutie.

Roman Holiday 1953

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ensuring Flexibility

PlaylistI make a conscious effort. It's too easy, when getting older, to stick with things one already knows. Unfortunately, that absolutely ensures that one turns old. I can see this in small ways taking place in friends by their reluctance to embrace different ways of doing things. Those 'stuck in their ways' get left behind.

On the other hand, if we embrace new things, we exercise our minds and broaden our outlooks. If there's one thing that the majority of humanity, regardless of age, needs to do, it is to broaden collective outlooks.

This applies to music as well. Of course, not everyone deliberately listens to music. For some, it's just part of the background noise of life. I do however enjoy wearing headphones occasionally. Thanks to streaming, vast quantities of sonic experience are available and generally free. My playlists are very eclectic. There are indeed ones filled with oldies from my youth. Yet, I try to keep up on some of the sounds being produced nowadays. Much of what I hear is quite amazing.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Personal Quote #122

"Entropy continues to win. Damn."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )


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