March 2005
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Its a bird, a plane, a pod of ... sharks?

March 30, 2005

This ones for you Sid

Migrating sharks (mostly spinner sharks) are moving along the eastern south coast of the US. Right past the palm beach area we visited not only a few days ago. Apparently they are headed towards N. Carolina ... makes you think twice about body surfing now doesn't it :)

While beaches have been closed for the safety of the public, this should not instill panic but instead lead to education. Sharks are interesting creatures that, when given the proper respect, are just another essential member of our eco system. Maybe, Melissa, one day you can head out east to go swimming!

Both photos are courtesy of

Posted by csb at 10:35 AM


Wow, I can't believe there's only 30 days to go!!
We are all well up here, enjoying the arrival of spring, although winter was pretty awesome. Alicia spent a night with Gma Bev over the weekend, had a great time. Love to you both will phone soon. Lynne

Posted by: Lynne at March 30, 2005 11:19 AM

Wow, those are great photos, thanks for digging them up. You said there were a lot, but HOLY FREAKING COW.

Posted by: Krishen at March 30, 2005 11:40 PM

Good health and all you wish come tru!

Posted by: larisatimetus at January 18, 2010 7:25 PM

The sweetest sound

March 27, 2005

Last night I rested my head on Melissa's belly to the sweet sounds of a ba-dump, ba-dump, ba-dump! ... I heard the heart beat! No instruments, no doctors, no assistance ... just ear to belly ... just me and my child. Must say, this was one of the greatest moments thus far ... right up until he kicked me in the nose (but I was only playing!!)

As the days count down we are just getting more and more excited.

Posted by csb at 11:08 PM


Get used to being kicked. It won't stop even after their born. Congrats on experiencing the joys of pregnancy!! Hope you've got everything ready.

Posted by: John at March 28, 2005 11:36 AM

Good Friday in Ft Myers

March 26, 2005

This year, on Good Friday, Melissa and I headed to Ft. Myers for the afternoon and evening (picture album available). Never having travelled south yet we took some time to see the sites. Walked around the boardwalk downtown, visited the Edison-Ford Estates, and spent time at Manatee Park (though it was too late in the season to see the Manatees). Of note, Manatee Park is one of the best parks we have seen down here. Small though it is, it was well kept with beautiful trails.

Nice walk along the boardwalk - man, zoom in on THAT belly!!! The countdown has begun.

Ever wonder what goes on at a bug party

Eating ...

... and socializing of course

Edison's patent of the Phonograph

Game time

But ... it was the evening that we were really looking forward to. The Victoria Salmon Kings were in town visiting the Florida Everblades - and for Krishen, Darren, Melissa, and I - that meant HOCKEY!!!!! This is Victoria's first season in the ECHL, are sitting at the bottom of their division, and previously lost to the Everblades 7-1 ... so we were not expecting anything other than a good time. But after going down 3-1 in the second the Salmon Kings kicked into gear. Their passes were more crisp, their hits were solid, and they started digging with more gusto. They hounded the Florida goalie and pelted shots at the net - taking the lead 4-3 late in the third period. A sweet stick save by a Florida defender saved a empty net blast that would have wrapped up the game - but the Kings managed to hang on. They play again tonight ... and we wish them luck. But thanks for the show boys - you really helped bring life to some sad, hockey deprived Canadians down here in Florida.

Two very happy Canucks

Posted by csb at 3:11 PM


To Epi or not to Epi

March 25, 2005

Shot of the Myakka Prairies

This week was packed full of pre-birth education. We had another Lamaze class this past Tuesday. This week it was time for a video ... WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION. You know, I like the whole idea of having a child ... had fun with the pregnancy so far (though Melissa might disagree). But that whole last few hours bit ... not looking forward to that. OUCH! Sorry dear ...

Now ... the big debate is the "to get or not to get" the epidural. Yes it reduces the pain ... yes it can make life easier. But, it can still hurt getting it in or leave you with a sore back for weeks. It can still miss or leave pain "spots" that at that point can not be dealt with. Not to mention that you will be bed-ridden until it wears off, so no walking - changing positions - or generally getting comfortable, and I like the idea of moving to work off the pain. Oh, and did I mention it costs extra! So, while the decision is Melissa's in the end, I think we are going to try this one all-natural and hope for the best :)

We also learned a little about amniotomy, the act of breaking the amniotic sac. This I was suppose to do research on ... so, as in school, I waited until the last minute and then printed off a couple quick notes that Melissa and I found on the web. Basically, the sac provides some cushioning for the baby on the way out ... so breaking it essentially removes that. On the plus, it will speed up and initiate the final stages of labor. However, with the amniotic sac broken the possibility of a c-section becomes greater, once broken you are on a timer before they go in with the knives.

Oh ... almost forgot ... its relaxation time - this weeks homework. And to help me better understand the relaxing nature of a light massage I am suppose to receive three 10-minute back rubs ... so far I have counted 1 short back rub and a enjoyable foot massage -- FOR HER :)

Wednesday we got the tour of the hospital, we (especially Melissa) have already seen the place in action. But it was nice to get oriented with the different areas, they have a nice facility.

Beyond that ... we have seen our second pediatrician candidate. This one seemed a lot better than the first ... though I really wish I could give them a test.

However, parenting is not all about care and protection ... tonight we visit the rink and the home team is in town, well in Ft. Myers. I am really looking forward to this - been missing the hockey this year.

Posted by csb at 9:42 AM



March 22, 2005

After all the work of late it was time for a battle ... a Battle On The Beach to be specific. A quick trip to the east coast, West Palm Beach, turned out to be the perfect outlet for it too. Krishen, Darren, Monica, and I joined up with a group from Chicago and D.C. to produce an all-star team: Tea and Strumpets. We may not have made it past the first round of the eliminations ... but it was close ... not to mention a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!

Melissa and I relished in the weekend away from home and would like to send out a big thank you to the team, all who stayed in the house, and all the players and organizers of the tournament. I am sure Krishen will have pictures up soon (and here they are), but for now ... here is what we saw.

The team enjoyed a short break by playing in the waves

Awww ... Melissa and Krishen found the water refreshing

Their 7 fields ran almost continuously

Sand completely changes the game

4 aside ... stall count of 6 ... better get the disk flying

Posted by csb at 12:45 PM


Blinded by the marketing we are

March 16, 2005

As passed on by my brother

Posted by csb at 1:43 PM


Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. Adventure, excitement, a jedi craves not these things.

Oh boy, you shouldn't have gotten me started...

Posted by: Darren at March 17, 2005 12:34 PM

So begins another week...

March 14, 2005

Jeff provides us memories of last March

Posted by csb at 8:56 AM


A cats life

March 12, 2005

A story for you as told by Melissa:

I was sitting watching an entertaining episode of The West Wing when I noticed Patches scratching the outside carpet. We have been trying to get her to do for some time now since it is much better than the alternative of scratching the carpet inside. Carpet which we would have to replace when we move out if she ruins it. - Just as I am thinking "Good Girl" I witnessed one of the funniest events I have seen in a coon's age. As she was scratching, her nail got caught near the corner of the carpet. She tried to shake it loose which only caused the carpet to flap up and scare her. As she turned and ran away the carpet folded over itself and her, and was now hitting her in the bottom, causing her to freak out more. After about three bucks with the carpet, hitting her every time, the claw finally came loose. Patches hides under the outside table and stares down her opponent. Unwilling to admit that she just got her butt kicked by an inanimate object she started screaming at the now dormant cut of rug. Trying desperately to save face in front of her slave (me) who was now rolling on the ground laughing hysterically.

Posted by csb at 8:45 AM


Back to school

March 8, 2005

So ... while most people head home from work as the sun sets in the sky, I was heading off to class. The kinda class you go to when you did not get enough of the icky bucket at the haunted house last halloween. Now this is not any class ... this is thee ULTIMATE birds and bees class. But non-the-less ... we rush excitedly around the house making sure we have pillows and pads for our "relaxation techniques".

We arrived in time to grab the comfy couch at the back of the class ... come on ... there are 23 people there talking about bodily functions and their feelings. Well ... there were 11 + the instructor ... the guys were all trying to sneak out the door. Jenny, our instructor, is fun and knowledgeable and explains things well. The class is pretty standard ... some couples are quiet, some are knowledgeable, and some of very inquisitive (some more so). Overall, we got a pretty good feeling about the group so it looks like it will be a lot of fun. Melissa, little miss goodie-goodie, has already volunteered to bring the snacks for next week (or maybe it is just to get it out of the way ... I am not too sure). Heck, we even got homework ... but since we go on weekly date's, this assignment is a piece of cake ... maybe we are going to share one :)

Now ... for your enjoyment:

When the water breaks you need to remember... TACO
T - Taste (ick!) ... no ... the TIME
A - Amount; trickle or gush determines if the water broke high or low
C - Colour; flags possible "contamination" of the amniotic fluid
O - Smell; Ick ... flags possible infection or maybe a little "accident"

The other thing to note... "hee hee hee hoo!" is OLD SCHOOL. It had a 'negative' effect of causing a push on each "hoo" - and that is not the idea. So now I have to break all that training I have been doing by watching all those movies ... geez ... skipping the Coles notes and watching the movie did it too me again. We are apparently going to be learning a 'new and improved' way for relaxation ... doing yoga while pushing a 10 pound watermelon out your ___? (I will leave the blank for all you keeners out there).

The only other thing was that bottom feeder fish are apparently bad in the diet due to higher levels of mercury ... who knew? (Well ... apparently everyone in class but us!)

Next week ... floor exercises! (Now, once they are down - how do they get back up?)

Posted by csb at 10:55 PM


Funny stuff. Enjoy, and keep us posted (I now know I'll be eagerly awaiting the results of your class each week).

Posted by: Darren at March 9, 2005 7:51 AM

Wow, sounds like a very educational class. Thanks for the detailed (and humorous) update -- looking forward to reading about it next week.

Posted by: krishen at March 9, 2005 9:29 AM

Legal grounds

March 5, 2005

Krishen has been urging me to take some of our discussions to the world ... or at least post a few on Technobabel. So with the recent situation between Apple and Apple-related rumor sites I decided to share my views with you.

Posted by csb at 2:33 PM


Nice post! I happen to agree with it. :)

Looking forward to reading more on Technobabel.

Posted by: Krishen at March 5, 2005 2:34 PM