Friday, 21 March 2014

Bossy asks Selfish to Think about Vancouver

On-line Bossy had been reading about the terrible weather in Vancouver Canada.  It's a funny thing, you see... the seasons are switched for Bossy & Selfish -- when it's summer in Canada it's winter in Ecuador.  What this means, is that while their friends and children in Canada are sweltering in global-warming-type hot summers, Bossy & Selfish are somewhat uncomfortable, having to wear a sweater, the odd day, when they go outside.  During this period, Bossy finds herself being just a tad -- just a tad that is -- resentful -- their friends & family (you know) bragging about their wonderful (!) weather.  

However, come the end of September and the news feeds are advising of terrible rain storms in Vancouver and then later absolutely abominable snow storms in Toronto -- and Bossy KNOWS these storms will last until well past February, into March and then maybe April (in Vancouver at least) and sometimes even into June.  She counts on her fingers (plus 5!) and smugly assures herself it's way more than the few months she had to endure wearing a sweater (sometimes) during the day in Cuenca, Ecuador.  

At that point Bossy generally feels better, hanging her head a bit -- but better. 

She knows it's a small thing within her,  but she can't seem to help herself. 

Vancouver (but only in the Spring)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

When There's a Shooting in the Street

How I longed to return to it! I licked at the air, trying to smell the desert's delicious dusty scent, but could not. How was I able to see it without smelling it? Did humans control scents as well as the temperature and the waters?  Is that what windows were for, to keep out scents? Why did they wish to put invisible barriers between themselves and the world? ~ Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes #quote

Writers often have the cleanest windows, floors, fridges and toilets, the most up-to-date filing system or the best record for returning calls or e-mails because, in the moment, just about any task seems more palatable than sitting down to write. ~ Mark David Gerson, The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write #quote

Take off that darn fur coat!...Or maybe you'd like to have us open all the windows. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby Girls #quote

There’s no magic line between an application and an operating system that some bureaucrat in Washington should draw. It’s like saying that as of 1932, cars didn’t have radios in them, so they should never have radios in them. ~ Bill Gates  #quote
We are wolves, which are wild dogs, and this is our place in the city. We are small and our house is small on our small urban street. We can see the city and the train line and it's beautiful in its own dangerous way. Dangerous because it's shared and taken and fought for.  That's the best way I can put it, and thinking about it, when I walk past the tiny houses on our street, I wonder about the stories inside them. I wonder hard, because houses must have walls and rooftops for a reason. My only query is the windows. Why do they have windows? Is it to let a glimpse of the world in? Or for us to see out? ~ Markus Zusak, Fighting Ruben Wolfe #quote

The monitor presently shows the Windows Blue Screen of Death, though this does not alarm him, as the BSoD is the universal screen saver in Hell. ~ Robert Olen Butler, Hell #quote

Windows are the eyes of the soulless ~ Thomas Ligotti, The Nightmare Factory #quote

We all have neighbours. Greet them on the sidewalk or in the elevator, but try not to peer through their windows. Windows are to look out from, not into. ~ Alexandra Stoddard, Grace Notes Co #quote

I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same. ~ Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water #quote

The Window to the Universe Opens Inward and Outward. ~ Daniel Lee Edstrom #quote

It is not real," he whispered. "This place is only a thought that has grabbed hold of you. It cannot harm you. You are not of this place, and it has no power over you. You do not need it, nor do you owe it your allegiance." I nodded, listening only to his words and not to the rattling of the windows, which had begun as soon as we stepped inside. ~ Rita Murphy, Bird #quote

The sun tells the best joke of a day full of them, setting so spectacularly that you can almost smell the tropical paradise lazing somewhere over this rim of endless, grey socialist towers. Miles of square windows explode orange, red, and purple, like a million TV sets broadcasting the apocalypse. Clouds unspool. The sky drains of birds. ~ Tod Wodicka, All Shall Be Well; And All Shall Be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well #quote

He left the drapes open, watched the lights of the cars and of the fast food joints through the window glass, comforted to know there was another world out there, one he could walk to anytime he wanted. ~ Neil Gaiman, American Gods #quote

Outside, the sleet had gotten thicker. You could hear it pebbling against the large glass windows, you could see it swirling wildly through the spotlights of street lamps. It was the kind of night when you might expect to see a skeleton flying through the air, its ragged black shroud flapping in the wind. ~ Dan Chaon, Stay Awake  #quote
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross #quote

A house without books is like a room without windows. ~ Horace Mann #quote

We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it. ~ Tennessee Williams, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore #quote

Bare heights of loneliness...a wilderness whose burning winds sweep over glowing sands, what are they to HIM? Even there He can refresh us, even there He can renew us. ~ Amy Carmichael #quote

Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned--in search of what? It is the same with books. What do we seek through millions of pages? ~ Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room #quote

When there's shooting in the street, don't go near the window.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Princess is Just a Tad Cynical

In 2013, as a community project, the stairs leading to the Otorongo Plaza were tiled in mosaics.  The artists (Gringos & Locals; children, adults and families) created the themes, based on interviews with people from the neighbourhood who had shared their life experiences with the volunteers & artists.   

Friday, 7 March 2014

A Clutch or Chattering of Chicks

One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 1930's lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition.  #factoid
In 1911 3 men were hung for the murder of Sir Edmund Berry at Greenbury Hill, their last names were Green, Berry and Hill. #factoid      

Pigeons ~ A Kit of pigeons (flying together); A Flock or Flight of pigeons. #factoid
Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'? ~ Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud.  If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares. #factoid

The average temperature on the surface of the sun is 5,778 Kelvin. #factoid  
Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left? ~ When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since. #factoid

Most Ferrero Rocher chocolates eaten in one minute; Reuben Williams ate five Ferrero Rocher chocolates. #factoid

80% of millionaires drive second-hand cars. #factoid       
You can't tickle yourself #factoid  

The oldest known vegetable is the pea. #factoid      

In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast. #factoid  
Snowbirds - (Usually) older people who leave during the winter months and stay in the southern states of the US. #CanadianSlang           
Women shoplift more often than men; the statistics are 4 to 1. #factoid   
Ronald McDonald made his first national television appearance in 1967. #factoid   
There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves. #factoid       
August has the highest percentage of births #factoid  

Mickey - A flask-sized bottle of hard liquor. #CanadianSlang                                       
The magic word "Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever. #factoid                       
Swallows ~ A Flight or Gulp of swallows. #factoid   
Toboggan - A long, typically wooden, sled, used in winter recreation, to carry one or more people down a snow-covered hill. #CanadianSlang       
Wrens ~ A Herd of wrens; A Chime of wrens. #factoid  #collectivenouns                                                    
In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees. #factoid                                       
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them. #factoid    

The ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds. #factoid                                       
Budgerigars ~ A Chatter of budgerigars. #factoid  #collectivenouns   
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom #factoid   
The world's largest Montessori school is in India, with 26,312 students in 2002. #factoid                                       
101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie. #factoid      

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. #factoid    

Coyote ~ A Pack of coyotes; Train of coyotes; A Band of coyotes; A Rout of coyotes. #factoid #collectivenouns
People who chase after rare birds are called twitchers #factoid                                       
Clean a toilet by dropping in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china. #tips   
The green stuff on the occasional freak potato chip is chlorophyll. #factoid  
Chicks ~ A Clutch or Chattering of chicks. #factoid   
Fifteen people are known to have been crushed to death tilting vending machines towards them in the hope of a free can of soda. #factoid       
China banned the pigtail in 1911 as it was seen as a symbol of feudalism. #factoid                                       
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. #tips                                       
On 7 January 1904 the distress call 'CQD' was introduced.  'CQ' stood for 'Seek You' and 'D' for 'Danger'.  This lasted only until 1906 when it was replaced with 'SOS'. #factoid