October 2003
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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2003

Just thought you should all keep a couple things in-mind:

1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, never check to see if it’s really dead. It isn’t.

2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.

3. Do not search the basement or attic, even if the power is out or not.

4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language that they should not know, shoot them immediately. Shooting them will save you much grief in the long run; however, it will take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This tip also applies to anyone who speaks with someone else’s voice.

5. When you have the benefit of numbers, never pair off or go alone.

6. As a general rule, don’t solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.

7. Never stand in, on or above a grave, tomb or crypt. This rule also applies to any other house of the dead.

8. If you are searching for something that caused a loud noise and find out it was just the cat, Get the Hell Out. Expeditiously.

9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits. Again, Get the Hell Out.

10. Do not take anything from the dead, no matter how much you like it; it’s bound to disagree with you sooner or later.

11. If you find a town that looks deserted, there’s probably a good reason for it. Don’t stop and look around.

12. Don’t fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you’re sure you know what you are doing.

13. If you’re running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice -- and more if you are of the female persuasion. Also note that despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it’s still moving fast enough to keep up with you.

14. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination with blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness and so on, kill them immediately.

15. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Haddonfield, Transylvania, Nilbog (you’re in trouble if you recognize this one) anywhere in Texas where chainsaws are sold, the Bermuda Triangle, and any small town in Maine, Maryland or Massachusetts.

16. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to the nearby deserted house to use the telephone. If you think that it is strange that you ran out of gas because you thought you had most of a tank, shoot yourself in the head. You are going to die anyway and most likely will be eaten.

17. Beware of strangers bearing strange tools like chainsaws, staple guns, hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons and ice picks.

18. If you discover that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This rule also applies to previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion.

Courteous of the great email support chain

Posted by csb at 6:50 PM


 















When the ghouls and goblins come out

October 28, 2003


Enter if you dare ...

This past weekend marked the weekend before halloween ... and one of our IT department coworkers put on a show. Boo Brothers Productions ran their 8th annual halloween costume haunted walkway party on Saturday. And this was not your typical, everyday, run-of-the-mill, plastic spiders kinda party. No, sir (sorry ... flashbacks of the massive medieval knight that met us on the long driveway path)! This place had dancing aliens, a quotable sage, complete graveyard, floating ghosts, and a body-part BBQ served with a fresh brain platter. Next year they are expanding into their neighbours yard ...


Buffy to the rescue!


Now ... lets party!

Pictures and possibly video should be available on the Boo Brothers site in the next few days. However both Krishen and Van have posted their own versions of the evening.

For pictures of the evening visit:
Krishen's picture gallery
Van's picture gallery

(pictures displayed here were stolen once more from Krishens camera)

Posted by csb at 8:40 AM


 

Are those crutches I see you on? I told you to take it easy playing Ultimate!

Posted by: John at October 28, 2003 11:02 AM















Middle of the jungle

October 24, 2003

Thought I would just say hi from the floor of the Tampa Apple Store. Panther made it to the shelves today, and even though I have been using it for over a week now I thought it would be fun to come down and check it out.

The line up was nuts ... down the hall ... and around the corner. Caused a lot of people just hangin in the mall to stop and look. Good marketing :)

Anyways ... time to go let Krishen spend money ... cause I don't have any!

Update: For some pictures of the event check out this write-up. (pulled link off Krishen's page - via a MacNN posted article).

Posted by csb at 10:14 PM


 















The flyin' disk

October 24, 2003


This was actually from the previous week ... oh well, when you are bumming pics off Krishen you take what you can get

So .. this evening we all (yes, Bob managed to snag another night in town) headed up North to play yet another of our league Ultimate games. This week we actually played well ... that is not to say that previously we were bad. But last week we definitely played our worst game of the season. So this week we were looking to kick things into a new gear ... and we did. Managing a quick 4-0 lead we took the half at 7-3. A quick post half-time comeback by Dos Manos ("Two hands") brought things to 9-7, however, we put up the defense and took things from there. Final score: 15 - 7

It was a good game by both teams ... but for the first time this season we really clicked. Now if only we can find a field to practice on ... the one we have been using does not have lights. So after the 'fall-back' time change this weekend it will be a little dark on Tuesday nights.

Yes ... time change is coming up ... set your clocks

With Bob up this weekend, both he and Melissa have been out shooting photos to take back home and show the family. But I have an easier way ... I steal pictures from Krishen! Here are a few that he passed along to us the other day. The night shots were taken after a night off watching Buffy until the wee hours of the morning ... he has more pictures available - did not want to steal all his lime light.


Here is a shot of one of our apartment buildings


Every apartment needs a pool


Take a stroll on the boardwalk ... but remember to feed the turtles


This was a nice shot across the lake in our complex


Here is the lake again in the daylight


A sunset in the car mirror

Posted by csb at 12:08 AM


 

"oh well, when you are bumming pics off Krishen you take what you can get"

Hey, I gave those shots to you a week ago! :D

Posted by: krishen at October 24, 2003 8:54 AM

Meant more ... it is why I did not have pics from "this" weeks game :)

Posted by: Cameron at October 24, 2003 9:04 AM















Gator ATTACK!

October 23, 2003

So ... in typical fashion, yesterday we took our guest to that great park known as Myakka. And in typical fashion, it failed to disappoint.

Arriving a little after 5PM, this was our latest excursion into the park to date. First stop: the canopy walkway. Used primarily for research into the forest canopy, a suspended walkway, about 30ft in the air, leads through the tree tops to a second tower that then climbs to almost 80ft and provides the best view in the area. We, however, eventually had to leave before Bob hurt himself ... he was having way too much fun on that walkway. Remind me never to take him to the Capillano suspension bridge!

Now ... off to find those gators and you know what; they are not that hard to find. We pulled into the boat launch area to check out the fishing pier as we figured that would provide the best view of a gator. It is funny watching "newbies" try and locate them ... where ? ... I don't see anything ? ... that ? ... Are you sure ?? ... lucky for us there was one gator just below the pier lazily sitting there waiting for its picture to be taken. But then there is another one ... and another ... and that one is kinda funny waiting by the fishing line (when the line moved ... so did he/she). There were plenty of gators to watch and enjoy. Only then did we noticed the fisherman ... 20 ft out into the water (water is only about 2ft deep) in mud boots ... a gator not less than 10-15ft away. Man ... and we were scared!.

Then the birds came out. First the Herons, then the black vultures (lots of vultures), then a few ospreys - the skies completely filled up. I have not seen anything like it. But there are two things that don't fly well together: bird ... and fishing lurers. It was a poor little Eckel that got snagged. It struggled to pull away but eventually had to land. The fisherman started reeling him in to release the hook - but you guessed it ... the friendly neighbourhood gator saw dinner. Within seconds the gator had closed in and snatched up the smaller bird. The Discovery channel brought to life ... both the Eckel and the lurer were now gone. Apparently 10 pound test is no match for a gator ;) Few more pictures of us, the gators, the sunset and it was time to head out for our own dinner ... ... ...

That ended another enjoyable and educational trip to the local state park. We saw tree tops, gators, vultures, ospreys, herons, more vultures, snakes, spiders, even more vultures, deer, and swarms of dragonflies (we are talking hundreds) ... dusk seems to be an interesting time in the wild kingdom.

In other news

Apple released a new G4 ibook. I just need to find a way to make a few extra bucks so we can pay off our debts and pick up some toys ... unfortunately in that order :(

The Canucks managed to squeeze by the St. Louis Blues 3 - 2 last night. King, their star rookie, seems to be a real asset to the team as he grabbed the game winner along with 2 assists on the night.

Posted by csb at 9:15 AM


 















Parking a big rig

October 21, 2003

One of the benefits to Melissa's dad driving for a living is that he has the opportunity to visit semi-frequently. All he needs is to get a trip into Florida, grab a couple days off, and head to the beach ;) There is only one catch ... where does one park a tracker-trailer ? Sarasota apparently does not have a truck stop close by as nearest registered one is in Tampa, which is just a little out of reach for a single day lay-over. Think we are going to try and snag a parking spot down at the arena down the road, that should work!

So ... now, what to do with him. Tonight looks to be Ultimate practice, maybe a short walk on the beach; you know it is getting cold out in the evening! Time for the jackets and long-sleeve shirts to come out. Wednesday we hope to hit Myakka and with luck the water will be low enough to enjoy some of the trails.

Congrats to the Canucks who had a commanding win over the Sabers last night. I do have one question though ... what is up with CKNW ? I had to listen to the game from "The Sabers Network" which just does not have the same feel and quite frankly had me asleep by the start of the 3rd period. I have not been able to catch a radio broadcasted game yet this year ... anyone have any clues ??

Stay tuned for pictures over the last couple days. Melissa has once again been stealing Krishen's camera!

Posted by csb at 8:31 AM


 















Out of breath

October 20, 2003

This last week life got busy once more and I have had issues getting time to write up a little something for everybody.

First, Melissa arrived home last Monday night. There goes the week right there ;) We had to go out shopping to re-stock the shelves, fridge, and freezer. I had Ultimate practice and game, Melissa even played on Sunday and though a little sore this morning she did a great job and had tons of fun (don't believe me).

Otherwise, managed to get Melissa to watch Startup.com which I thought was great - but she considered a geek movie. I personally thought it was a great look at business which is exaggerated (as .coms were). Viewing the whole process of starting and running a business and the problems with working with friends. Check out Krishen's review. We also have watched the first 3 1/2 disks of the Buffy which we are enjoying (thanks Krishen). It has been great for a few laughs in the evening.

So ... in re-cap, Melissa is home again and life is slowly getting back to normal. Melissa's dad is trying to get into town this week so it should be another exciting week. You know ... it is good to have her home :)

Posted by csb at 9:36 AM


 















Slow week

October 11, 2003

Seems that a boring week translates into few updates to the site. Though there was some action near the end of the week, Game #2 was Thursday night and again the Sarasota Slackers managed to come out on top. However, I had a horrible game. Could not catch the disk, could not throw the disk, and ended up reacting a little too slow - a little too often. Still thinking a 'downed-disk' initiates a whistle ... however in Ultimate the game never stops moving. One just needs to get their mind in the game.

So afterwards we headed off to celebrate a team record; 2 wins in the regular season. (last year they lost all but their last game - yet somehow managed to pull off an undefeated record in the playoffs to take the championship) Gathering at a pub near-by we enjoyed 2-for-1 drink specials on "all on-tap beers" ... though they may not be as good as the micro-brews back home they do have a few that are quite tasty. So ... with Krishen driving I enjoyed a relaxing evening and a uncomfortable next day at work (not bad ... not ugly ... just uncomfortable).

As for the one who looks out for me ... well she arrives this evening back in Vancouver. And by the sounds of it will be heading out to watch the Canuck game at a buddies place. I will listen in to the game from here via internet radio after a quick dip in the pool.

Tomorrow may end up being another day at work to avoid the loads of remaining housework ... though I am sort of running out of time. Melissa arrives home Monday. Think this time I am going to tie a chain to her ankle so she can't leave.

Posted by csb at 7:06 PM


 

you're gonna tie a chain to *her* ankle? lol, i think i know who's chained. ;-)

Posted by: Krishen at October 16, 2003 6:07 PM

update already!

Posted by: Krishen at October 18, 2003 3:27 AM















Lazy weekend

October 6, 2003

With no need to come into work I got a chance to sleep in, rest, watch some movies ... generally relax and enjoy the single life. Well, ok, I was enjoying being the only person around, "single life" might be the wrong way to phrase it, but at least Patches is here to keep me company.

Saturday night I managed to make my way up to Jeff's place for an evening of pizza, beer, and NHL 2004. In real life the Canucks are 5-5 ending the pre-season. However, in my season the first 12 games ended up in 10 losses (2 in OT) and only 2 wins. Lets just hope my record stays in the virtual world :)

Speaking of hockey ... season opener is on Oct 9th ... Canucks vs Flames. To bad Melissa won't be home yet ... that is going to be a good game!

Posted by csb at 10:06 AM


 















Ultimate causes muscles to hurt

October 3, 2003

Game 1 is now in the history books ... and marked beside it is a WIN! for the Sarasota Slackers.

For those of you who don't know, I figured that typing for a living was not doing much to keep my lean and mean body ... well ... lean and mean. So I have joined Krishen's Ultimate team for a little running and jumping.

This morning my muscles hurt - but I feel good. Even though *I* suck, the rest of the team was able to cover my blunders. The game was hard fought throughout. Tied at half time, we continued to fight neck and neck all the way through to the final buzzer. The slackers managed to grab a point as the clock dwindled to 0, tying the game at 14-14. With sudden death OT in effect, both teams failed to capitalize on their early attempts at success. With the guards arriving to turn off the field lights we managed to push the disk down the field into the waiting hands of Amy. And that was game one!

It looks like the season is going to be a interesting one!

Posted by csb at 9:38 AM


 

I got your note about this... yeah!! That's awesome, way to go!

Posted by: Krishen In Victoria at October 4, 2003 1:21 AM