February 2006
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Arrival

February 27, 2006


Joe gets a ride from a Grandpa who is falling asleep as he walks

Grandma and Grandpa left for the airport at 12AM EST (10PM there) last night - they were delayed a bit leaving but the flight only took 3.5 hours from Calgary to Toronto (normally over 4 hours) - a 185 km tail wind pushed them along quite nicely. This just added to their 5 hr layover in TO and gave them time to enjoy breakfast with Kari, Cameron and Aunt Jackie.

They finally arrived here by 3PM and got a short tour of our conference hall (setup today, show starts tomorrow) before we headed back to town. Dinner was calling - so a quick stop at RJ Gators provided an early meal before bed. These guys are just dead - and a long nights sleep is expected ;-) Though ... Joe might have something to say about that ... after all, Grandpa is here to play right!!!!

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I also would like to send out a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a beautiful young lady back home. We just wish we could be there - here's to a great day! Love Cameron, Melissa, and lit'l Joe

Posted by csb at 7:57 PM


 

Get mom or dad to call me!

Posted by: Kurt at February 28, 2006 7:30 PM

Hey, Cam, can you please have dad e-mial me thoses pictures of us in Toronto so I can put them up on my blog:) Thanks!!
love your little sis!!
haha gotta love the comment section for sending messages to mom and dad eh;)

Posted by: Kari at March 2, 2006 12:28 PM















Four more

February 24, 2006


Nemo visits the Mote

So, Krishen passed along a task - sounded like fun, so here we go.

Four jobs I've had:

Cameron Melissa
(1) Gas Jockey
(2) Computer Technician
(3) Hockey Referee
(4) Software Engineer 1 - 2 - 3
(1) Mail Room
(2) Office Assistant
(3) Waitress
(4) Babysitter


Four movies I can watch over and over:

Cameron Melissa
(1) Apollo 13
(2) Swing Kids
(3) The Pricess Bride
(4) Life of Brain (Monty Python)
(1) Indiana Jones Trilogy
(2) X Men
(3) I Robot
(4) Pirates of the Caribbean


Four places I've lived:

Cameron Melissa
(1) 100 Mile House
(2) Victoria
(3) Sendai
(4) Sarasota
(1) Calgary
(2) Vancouver Island
(3) Seattle
(4) Sarasota


Four TV shows I watch:

Cameron Melissa
(1) West Wing
(2) Airwolf
(3) Firefly
(4) The National
(1) West Wing
(2) Starting Over
(3) M.A.S.H
(4)


Four places I've vacationed:

Cameron Melissa
(1) St. Augustine
(2) Playa del Carmen
(3) San Diego
(4) Charlottetown (PEI)
(1) St. Augustine
(2) Playa del Carmen
(3) Calgary
(4) Disney Land


Four of my favourite dishes:

Cameron Melissa
(1) KD
(2) Pizza and Beer
(3) Pad Thai
(4) Cinnamon Bun & Coffee
(1) Soup and Rice
(2) Baked Spaghetti
(3) Chicken Chili
(4) Chicken Sage


Four sites I visit daily:

Cameron Melissa
(1) CBC
(2) Guy Kawasaki
(3) MacMinute
(4) Canucks
(1) bahanclan.com
(2) Bank
(3) Google
(4)


Four places I would rather be right now:

Cameron Melissa
(1) Riding two sticks down a snowy slope
(2) ISS
(3) Hiking the West Coast Trail
(4) Permanent Vacation - touring the world
(1) In the arms of my husband
(2) Playing in the park with Joseph
(3) 60' below sea level any were in the world
(4) Australia surfing the waves. (I need to learn how first)


Four bloggers I am tagging:

Cameron Melissa
(1) Haagers
(2) Kari
(3) Orque - the newly wed
(4) Casey, Keith, Scott, or Byron ... all of who need blogs
(1) What is tagging?
(2) :)
(3)
(4)

Posted by csb at 11:04 PM


 

Great lists! Now I know who to call should a fight break out at the office. I am going to have to watch Pirates of the Caribbean and Apollo 13 again.. I love them both! Melissa, "tagging" simply means "you're it", that is, whoever is listed now has to complete the list too :)

Posted by: Krishen at February 26, 2006 8:20 AM















On ice

February 22, 2006

So ... Team Canada (Mens) is out of the Olympics. Gretzky is making no excuses, but the team apparently just would not preform. They were horrible on the power play and even with dozens of scoring opportunities they could not put the puck in the net. And as they say, close only counts in horseshoes and hand-granades.

Things were over so early I did not even get a chance to watch a game ... though I did catch the women's Gold medal match during a late and extended lunch the other day. (by the way ... women's hockey has come a long way over the years ... tis a good game to watch) I managed to get play-by-play commentary through my brother Brendan over IM at work ... which was better than the game blog which was a slow and never refreshed correctly.

On the plus note ... we stand at 18 medals (5 gold, 8 silver, 5 bronze) and at least one more in mens curling coming. I just miss CBC these days ... NBC just isn't cutting it.

Posted by csb at 11:08 PM


 

We were all pretty disappointed with Team C's performance. It's a good thing the women came through for us. By the way we now have 19 medals after the women's curling took Bronze.
Thanks for the movie. We have all enjoyed it over and over.
See you in 3.5 days!!!!!

Posted by: Grandma Pat at February 23, 2006 11:07 PM















Hands Free

February 19, 2006


Click to watch the movie

A new stage has been reached this month ... the fun begins.

Posted by csb at 10:57 PM


 

Wow he's really ready to rumble now! That was the perfect length of cuteness movie.

Posted by: orque at February 20, 2006 12:16 AM

Congratulations Cam and Melissa. And once again your life has changed again!!

Nothing in the house at his level is safe.

Very cute video. I loved the part when he was walking to dad as he came in the door from work.

Posted by: Karin at February 20, 2006 2:54 PM

hooray! What a cute video :)

Posted by: Krishen at February 23, 2006 9:40 AM

Love the video - can't watch it without tearing up. My favorite part is when Cam opens the door and Joe runs up to him. Breaks my heart every time!

Posted by: Tracy at February 23, 2006 7:05 PM















This is the life

February 13, 2006


Don't we all wish we could take a morning nap

Posted by csb at 10:42 AM


 

Is it bad that I automatically heard Weird Al when I read the title of your post?

Posted by: Krishen at February 13, 2006 11:34 PM















Coffee break

February 12, 2006


Photo by Krishen

Well, for a weekend break we actually got quite a lot done. Saturday Melissa and I slept in a little - Joe played nicely in his crib, he is so patient - before we got up and puttered around. I eventually took Joseph out of the house so Melissa could actually get some work DONE! We have found that we can 'hold steady', but if anything happens to get the house work just slightly behind we just can't get caught up. And Joe is just soooo distracting - in a good way - if you don't like working! So, Joe and I joined Krishen and Patricia downtown for a coffee and enjoyed a little "out of the house" time.

Today, it was Melissa's turn to go out - she and Patricia caught the flick Good night, and Good Luck. From their feedback I think it is a movie we are going to grab ... I know it is one that I have been wanting to see. Joe and I, meanwhile, stayed behind and got some quality father-son time in ... you may not get a lot done while he is around - but it sure puts a smile on your face.

And this weekend I finally got some time to play again as gears turned on the next release of the Screen Saver Menu. First I need to finish the Intel support, adjust to a new embedded sales system from eSellerate, and fix a couple extraneous bugs. I have had a dozen features I would like to add to the utility - but due to the necessity of Intel support I have broken the release into two segments ... v1.1 will feature several bug fixes and go out as an Universal Binary ... a v2.0 will then bring in several new features and improved system integration. So, if you have any feature requests or general input I am still all ears. One thing I did get to was improving the web store, something I have been wanting - needing - to do for some time.

House is clean, organized, minds refreshed, and projects tackled ... see productive weekend.

Posted by csb at 9:39 PM


 















Salvage crew

February 9, 2006

The Bahan Wrecking Crew was out in force last night as we went to town on the Cavalier. Sadly, it turned out to be the Grand AM that gave us the most trouble. Even after being bashed into oblivion, the Cavalier still showed us some love allowing us to work on her peacefully - even if it was to strip her valuables - ie. the four new tires we just replaced within the last 9 months.

The Grand AM tires were actually stuck to the axle ... rusted right on. It took calling my encyclopedia of mechanical repairs - my Uncle - to get hooked into the "trick". Essentially, the tires were so stuck that (with all lug nuts off) we could not push - pull - or pry the tire off. Even bashing it with a hammer would not break it loose - so we took things to the next level. Loosened the lugs 1/2 to 1 full turn - enough to give a little wiggle but not enough to let the wheel actually go into a sever wobble or break free - then we took her for a spin. A quick drive in the parking lot broke free the front two tires, but the rears required a large parking lot - more speed - and a whole lot more fun!

[Now, this can cause SERIOUS damage to your wheels, axles, steering, and overall health - so take it easy - and remember I am not responsible for your poor judgement. You should really check with a trusted mechanic before trying this stunt]

But ... after a total of 5 hours we have all four tires switched with a standard tire rotation (fronts to rear ... rears to opposite front). We looked at exchanging the battery - but don't know which is older yet, we do know ours in only about 1 year old. Other than that, don't think there is much we can take as the car needs to be operational when they tow it away. Any thoughts of things we should snag?

Posted by csb at 3:47 PM


 

In my case, I forgot to grab the $65 high performance air filter from under the hood. Had only had it for about 6 months too.

Posted by: John at February 9, 2006 4:25 PM















So long and thanks for all the fish

February 7, 2006

The progressive guy was out to visit today (twice) to assess the damage and take some pictures. It looks like the car is a complete write-off ... a twisted frame plus the airbags have pushed the damage beyond the value of replacement.

Posted by csb at 4:29 PM


 

It sucks losing a car that way.

Posted by: John at February 8, 2006 7:23 PM















Airbags deployed

February 7, 2006

Leaving the complex today I had a run-in ... with a white Mitsubishi. Crash ... bang ... boom - airbags were deployed and I was left gathering my senses. What had happened? I was turning left out of the complex at one of the busier times of the morning. The left lane of traffic had left a gap as they were all stopped for the light a block down the road, so I was escaping through that hole. As I moved into the center turn lane - and out of traffic - wack, I was hit by an car traveling in that center lane. He hit me on my drivers side corner resulting in a shmucked bumper, twisted panels, and lights hanging from their sockets ... my poor car ;(


This is the first time I have seen airbags in action - last time would be cool too


The passenger door won't open - but this is the better side


At least I can still type

As for me, I am just fine. My arms are bruised and raw from the airbags - at least I can prove both hands were on the wheel. And the gentleman in the other car was just fine - which is a relief. Now we will learn how the insurance system in the Florida works - est. damage today $3000.


Sticks and stones may break my bones

Posted by csb at 9:29 AM


 

Sounds similar to Karin's accident several years ago. Expect she was the car in the center lane. Not quite as bad as when I was rear-ended by an SUV on I-5 who wasn't paying attention to traffic. Car was about 3 inches shorter, and had $9K+ in damages. They totaled it and I ended up having to get another car.

FYI, in Washington, its illegal to drive more than 100 ft in the center turn lane. Might want to check on FL state law in that regards. Might find out that it was the other drivers fault, and you won't be out the insurance deductible.

Posted by: John at February 7, 2006 1:04 PM

My heart aches for you! I am so glad you are OK. I bet your heart is a little sick right now. Maybe you'll use Melissa's trick and turn right and go around the block or whatever during peak times. It looks like more than $3000. damage to me. Just deploying the air bags can mean a substantial amount. Replacing them is very expensive -- at least in Canada it is. Don't be shocked if it is over $5000. It's good you have another car. God is so good in providing things before we need them. I'll send you an e-mail.

Posted by: Grandma Pat at February 7, 2006 1:55 PM















Bed bugs

February 6, 2006

This morning I woke up to a tiny hand on my cheek. "Thats strange!", I thought as I rolled over to find Joe snuggling in between Melissa and I. Evidently Joe had woken early this morning (like 2AM early) to a bad dream and maybe a little gum pain. Tooth #5 seems to have finished its breakthrough and we think #6 is starting to make a move.

Other interesting things to note, Joe tried to share his drink with Melissa at lunch ... one sip for Joe and one for mommy. It was the cutest thing I have ever seen ... oh how he is growing. Apparently, this is nothing new to her ... she tells me stories of him feeding her cheerios - only to try and take it back ;) Kids will be kids eh?

Posted by csb at 10:05 PM


 

Oh that's funny about the Cheerios, I can totally see it :) Wow, so #5 is out eh? I never did end up seeing it on Sunday. I looked but that Joe is too wily!

Posted by: Krishen at February 7, 2006 12:22 AM















Weekend once more

February 5, 2006


Oh ... Dad, did you see that?

I have been kind of lacking in my updates of recent ... as is typical at this time of year, work is driving to our yearly conference - and with that comes the pressure of real deadlines. We did manage to get out this morning and Krishen grabbed some great pictures. But with the Super Bowl today - and Seattle as a contender - we plan to continue our fun into the evening.

However, since we don't have any new pictures I thought I would pass you a picture from home.


Alicia sent pictures of a new family member: Leo

Posted by csb at 3:53 PM