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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Bedroom Seems Larger

Bye, Old Mattress!Our strata (condo) council continues to organize quarterly junk removal days. I think they may have started a dozen years ago. The days, when we set aside a section of parking for professional junk removal, have turned into a very helpful service. We can get rid of anything which shouldn't be disposed of in the normal garbage. We got rid of a number of items today, including three, gallon-cans of old paint. The largest item we were able to get out of the apartment was an old mattress.

We first slept on on our new Endy memory-foam mattress on the 7th of last month. Yet remembering we had a junk day coming up, we just pushed the old Serta up against a bedroom wall. We've been navigating around it for nearly six weeks, I guess. Today, we got to haul it down the elevator. We threw it over the hood of the truck, opened the windows to hold on, and I drove to the refuse area by peeking over the part of the windshield that wasn't obscured.

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Later in the afternoon more unwanted items appeared. Residents can help themselves to anything they see, so the event can turn into a bit of a swap meet. Today, I'm happy to report, we returned with nothing!


Friday, January 20, 2017

History in a Mug

When drinking tea, I am back to using a mug with a bit of personal history. I recently found it in a box in the closet.

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I think old objects are interesting. Sometimes at the Thrift shop, when I see an item, I wonder about its history. The potential age of people can have great variation, but still, there seem quite defined limits. On the other hand, stuff may age well or poorly depending on material, treatment, conditions, and trends.

Last winter at this time, we would have to pass by the Colossi of Memnon when going to the weekly, farmers market in Luxor. Thirty four hundred years seems quite a chunk of time.

So my mug, shown above, comes in as a bit of a lightweight. It was given to me as a gift by Jay's brother when he worked for the Ceylon Ceramics Corporation. This would have been during one of my first visits to Sri Lanka. So according to that knowledge, I can surmise the green vessel is more than 30 years old.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

49.20° N or 06.83° N

We've had three days of BC rain, and BAM! I'm doing it again. A few minutes of Internet can be such a refuge for fighting my case of undiagnosed seasonal affective disorder.

After thirteen and a half years of daily blogging, I realize there can be dry spells. It used to occur when school got really busy. You see, trying to correct 22 final exams was never very conducive for eloquent entries. Now, I'm just finding lots of time in our unplanned winter here. It hardly seems necessary to mention we drove up the the Walmart today or that the swimming pool in our building seems especially nice and warm this winter.

I used a few minutes of the cloudy and grey afternoon to marvel at all the new construction south of Colombo, Sri Lanka now. There are so many lovely places on the island but the seaside urban development of Dehiwala / Mt. Lavinia does make the area a perfect option. In the photos, it looks as though towers are spouting all around like weeds. I have to convince myself that it doesn't really make sense to think about putting US$ 150,000 into real estate in Sri Lanka. It'd be hard to access frequently. It is not logical even if we decided to spend winters there for the next twenty years. We could simply rent, have more variety, and live without the headaches.

Deliwala / Mt. Lativa

Still, there's something primal about the desire to own a patch of ground, even if it is fifteen stories in the air.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

About the Weather

Wet

The view of snow is all gone after hanging around for more than six weeks! And the 10C is nice. However ...


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Coffee Not Ingested

It's fun to look back. Yet, it's more amazing to be able to look back.

I've been trying to take, at minimum, one photo every day of my life. I've been fairly good at keeping the project going since July 2005. In fact, the eight pictures you see right above these entries are randomly chosen samples. Even on the days which seem to be missing from the album, I most often took the photo but neglected to name and include it correctly.

Today, I looked back exactly a decade. This is what I found.

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January 17, 2007 - My handouts for class are meticulously organized. I'm quite addicted to coffee. The two don't mix well. Ugh!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Opposite Ends

Let's face it, the Internet didn't make most of you any smarter. You soak up the fake news of your political bent and relentlessly watch kitten videos. For some of us though, the Net functions as a rather useful learning resource. Not only does the web open up access to so much of the globe, it nearly does away with any need to wait.

These two photos are not connected to each other. Actually, they couldn't really be physically much further apart. I can say that I interacted with both in the matter of a few short hours though.

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Span Tower 19 #Location

The top photo is of a Graigslist apartment rental in Puerto Vallarta. Last night, I sent the link to local friends who enjoy the coastal, Mexican town. It was mostly a tease, signaling a potential interest in joining together to rent a two-bedroom flat for a future winter.

The second drawing is of a condo construction project near the Dehiwala Zoo in Sri Lanka. I did more than look at the website. I wrote a message, and due to the half-a-day time difference, got an answer back from their sales office in under an hour.

I'm happy we started travelling pre-Internet as we had to actually exist in the location where we were. Yet, I'm glad to have the Internet now so that I can find out virtually anything in record time and with minimum effort. You, however, may go back to your mindless, social-media browsing now.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spoilt for Choice

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Earlier today, we were wandering around inside the Bulk Barn stocking up on nuts, grains, and beans. I saw just how many non-wheat pasta options there are! In fact, the whole store seemed a glorious tribute to providing overwhelming choice. Why settle for one type of couscous, when there are five? Why limit oneself to a specific type of granola when there are dozens? We live in an age of abundance and are spoilt for choice.

I've also been thinking a lot about life in general lately. Of course this has to do with perceived changes. Knowing that Jay is a candidate for open-heart surgery has forced us to contemplate existence and future plans. I am so thankful that our lives have so many options. We have always kept things open to change. Our wanderings and lifestyle have exposed us to much, some of which others may not be able to even fathom. It is such a blessing, really.

Minuwangda 2014

We have the ways and means to choose from a myriad of goals and pursuits. Very few people have the sheer number of options which we find open to us.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Personal Quotes #118

"I've discovered that people who travel the world by choice are a great deal smarter than those who do not. I just haven't figured out which condition is the cause and which the effect."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )

Top of the World


Friday, January 13, 2017

Ice Ice Baby

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The ice kept flowing on the Fraser all day today. That's rare. After our upcoming weekend, a Pineapple Express will be blowing into town. That should bring some welcomed, more-normal temperatures to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Oh, ... and a lot of rain.





Thursday, January 12, 2017

All Hail, the Great and Powerful WD-40!

2017_01_12I haven't much room for tools in the apartment. There's a box in one closet with assorted and sundry items. More importantly, there was duct tape but I had run out of magic in a can.

I bought a can of WD-40 today in hopes it will fix a problem I've had for, probably, five years.

On occasion, the dome light in the ancient Ranger doesn't shut off. After we close the doors to the vehicle we can turn around and see the inside light remains on. Well, eventually, it does as go out as when I go down to check a half hour later, it's off. However, the little bulb gets far too hot and I took off the white, plastic shade as it looks like it melted a bit. This has been going on for years, but it has just never concerned me too much. Or last least it didn't bother me enough to try to fix it. Recently, I simply took out the bulb but that does sort of defeat the purpose of having a light in the ceiling, doesn't it?

So, a quick search on the Internet showed this has been a well-known problem for this particular vintage Ranger for at least 15 years. There are even YouTube videos. I thought I may as well try out possible fix #1.

This only involves soaking the door latches in WD-40. Why not? It sounds easy and like it'd be worth a try. I did the first blasts in the mall parking lot next to the Walmart entrance. I sort of made a mess as it leaked on the parking stall floor. So, when coming back to our own driveway, I stopped the truck and gave both sides another dose.

I am hoping this will prove enough. It's possible that the switches in the locks got too stuck or rusty to ever work again. We'll see.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arctic Outflow Warning

We interrupt this beautiful, sunny, BC day to post a 2012 photo of a beautiful, sunny, warm, day in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka in 2013

We've not visited the country since a three-month stay during the winter of 2012/13. Since the visit, Jay's family there has changed immensely with the loss of three members in 2016.

I was thinking to myself about possible future plans today. The island, about half the size of Greece, is a long ways from here. However, it now costs a bit less to fly due to increased competition from new Chinese airlines. It'd be a perfect place to spend more time.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Took My Butt to the Movies

Tuesdays are 'cheap Tuesdays' at local movie theatres. I'd not call 'em inexpensive, but customers do get to save a couple of bucks over standard pricing. Since early-retirement, it has become the sole day of the week for our cinema visits. Since the arrival the Landmark in downtown New Westminster, we almost never venture off our own street to catch a show.

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Today, however, we drove to Coquitlam to the SilverCity next to our regular Superstore. That huge, fairly-new complex went under major renovations a few years back. We figured as we were going to see Rogue One, it'd be worth going several miles to view in UltraAVX with the immense screen and awesome audio. At the ticket kiosk, we noticed the rows in which we usually sit were unavailable. Oh, those were the D-Box seats!

We'd been contemplating paying the extra $5 a ticket for the motion seats. We found the center seats of row "I" had them. We'd never tried these before but figured a Star Wars episode would be about as good of a first try as any movie could be.

For the first 10 minutes it seemed rather gimmicky. Yet, by the time the movie got interesting, the motion effects were not distracting at all. In fact, I think it added quite a lot of enjoyment to the movie. D-Box seats are certainly not necessary for every film, but I will consider using them again should we go to an appropriate one.


Monday, January 09, 2017

Yup, They Still Make Absorbine Jr.

It rained a lot last night so I awoke expecting most of the snow to be gone. Unfortunately, there's still quite a bit of slush sticking around. Now the weather is supposed to turn cold for a few days. This means things may get even icier.

Please, Melt!
What's Going on in that Birdbrain?
Waitin' for Summer

Before the little walk to Pier Park today, I was uptown for an appointment with my doctor. I realized just how retired I am when a 9:20 appointment seemed as though it was a tad too early. Over Christmas and the New Year, I had a bit of chest pain. My heart also felt as though it was beating way too quickly. I wondered if I was physically affected by the recent stress of Jay's health. Last week, the doctor sent me in for a ECG and prescribed a low dose beta blocker. How nice, I thought, to share a medicine that Jay's now taking! Perhaps I was taking that 'sharing thing' a bit too far.

Today, the ECG proved I'm fine. My heart wasn't really beating quickly after all, although I will stay on a quarter dosage of Metprolol. It seems I may have had some sort of inflammation that was affecting my chest muscles. What I'd decided was a rapid heart beat was actually a type of persistent muscle twitch. My higher blood pressure might have been because I was freaking out about it. Oh my. I have always categorized myself as a very sedate and rational guy. At least I did learn about deep breathing exercises on the Internet.

I'm beginning to understand why some old people talk about their health and medicines a lot.


Sunday, January 08, 2017

The Crazy Kimchi Quest

I'm getting pretty good at creating snazzy titles, but this one is way overblown. The only speck of real truth in it is that we did drive to an Asian grocery store in Burnaby.

2017_01_08Last month, we ventured into the large Korean supermarket on North Road for the first time. It's a chain market called, H-Mart. It was during that trip, we came back with some spicy radish kimchi. Obviously, I have an addictive personality as I now demand lots be available in the refrigerator all the time!

Today, I asked Google to show Korean stores near me. One of the three was a little, independent store off from Kingsway in Burnaby. We decided to check it out. The Assi Market was a cute, little shop. It'd be a convenient place for the neighbourhood. Yet, we only found a few types of kimchi and ended up leaving without buying anything.

When returning home, we stopped at the uptown Walmart. I noticed this battery starter in the automotive section. I snapped a picture just so I can do a bit of online research. As well as being addicted to kimchi, I have this problem when it comes to buying small, seldom-used gadgets.

Things I Don't Really Need


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Fund Me Without the Help of a Bank

Fund MeI guess I'll rerun a similar plea.

On May 25, 2013, I put a Bitcoin QR code right here in my eJournal and images. I would have graciously accepted your Bitcoin donations at the time. Of course, back then, a single bitcoin was worth only about US$ 105; whereas, at the present moment, the value of a whole coin is bouncing around US$ 900.

You needn't worry about being able to send a single United States dollar because the virtual cryptocurrency sports eight decimal points. I'll still gladly accept your buck. (However, your dollar is now worth less after coming up on four years of economic inflation.) Just send BTC 0.00111112 to this wallet address:

16ZU3ZzL64J29GXCSRcrefB2v4S4FKGg3u


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