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So blogs no more....

So has dropped another hammer and is doing away with the blogs here at the site. Given the downward spiral the site owners have driven this place, I'd be lying if I'm totally shocked...still, it's disappointing.

Since I don't know when it'll be that this disappears for good, I'd like to say thanks to all those that have posted in my blogs over the years. I know I didn't blog much recently but...that's the way this place went.

Take care...I'll still be around until the bitter way or another.


Blogs (2005-2012)

Remembrance Day 2010

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lest we forget.

The Edmund Fitzgerald....

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.

With a load of iron ore - 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ships bell rang
Could it be the North Wind they'd been feeling.

The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the Captain did, too,
T'was the witch of November come stealing.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashing
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane West Wind

When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it's too rough to feed ya
At 7PM a main hatchway caved in
He said fellas it's been good to know ya.

The Captain wired in he had water coming in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.

They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the ruins of her ice water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.

And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
The church bell chimed, 'til it rang 29 times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.

35 years ago, the ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank and this song by Gordon Lightfoot tells the story. One of my favourite songs of all time and especially poignant on the anniversary.

Taking work home can be a bad thing...

In a little community within driving distance of where I live, an explosive expert who worked in the mining/construction industry in his fifties and wife lived in a nice two story house with four bedrooms, three car garage, manicured lawn and it was for sale.


On Friday, there was an explosion at the rear of the house followed by another bigger explosion inside that razed the house completely. The wife, who was on the front lawn, was treated for cuts and bruises. Sadly, the husband's remains were found shortly afterwards at the rear of the house. Explosive experts are finding dynamite and detonating wire in the remnants of the house...

My question is why, of all the things to bring home from a job, would someone bring explosives for storage in a residental home?

A little note for guide submitters...

For those who submit to the guides I edit, please provide an exact source for the submission that can be verified beyond Wikipedia/Wiki sites. If you list a future episode for a show and say it is listed in the European version of a network, provide the page source. I do track these things down and will reject without a valid specific source, i.e. , the web address.

Happy Canada Day 2010!

Just a brief blog wishing my fellow Canadians the best on our country's annual holiday and hope the folks down south enjoy their upcoming holiday as well.

Back to guide work....take care everybody!

TV Land Canada gets rebranded

I just wanted to post here for any Canadian readers that the TV Land channel in Canada is getting rebranded on August 2 and will be renamed Comedy Gold. At the start, it looks to be carrying a fairly good mix of sitcoms not seen here in some time (all the MTM properrties plus other shows like Murphy Brown and Night Court). Hopefully, it'll make for good viewing though it leaves a hole for older drama programming here in Canada.

Take care, everybody!

Community Advisory Board thoughts...

I've been around here for five years or so and the level of staff interacting with members here has never been great. Its ranged from passive posting in the forums to the current "is there a staff here at all? I sure can't tell.." moribund state. With the latter in mind, I saw the post on the forum page about a Community Advisory Board to shape the future of the site and was, to say the least, amused.

If staff/owners really want to listen to the members that haven't been driven away in droves, how about, oh, listening to the people still here beyond these transparent gestures? It hasn't been happening at all for quite some time and it shows in the dwindling numbers around here.

I'm staying here as I've put too much time in here to drift on away but if I hadn't entered all the data I have over the years and continue to, I'd be gone as well.

No cheese rolling....

Hi everybody!..hope things are going good for everybody here...starting to get towards spring like weather but March is known for teasing type weather..just when you think warm weather is here to stay, here comes da snow...:)

- This is a bit of a sad story as for no other reason, the sight of people chasing a large roll of cheese down a steep hill is a long standing event....stupid but long standing.

- Around this neck of the woods, the expense claims by elected officials have been in the news with a few resigning outright just as Revenue Canada starts sniffing around. These claims, which had names attached to them for the first time, were pretty amusing to see the politicians try and defend them. My favourite: the legislative member who bought a five grand power generator for his home, another three thousand to have it hooked up to his home but when questioned, he said he did for the senior citizens living in a retirement home a few blocks away in case there was a power failure...even though no one knew about it prior to the audit.

- Site wise, working away on recaps...finished the Crazylegs Crane guide, nearly done Tijuana Toads and The Inspector. After that, I'll take a stab at Super Dave, Bizarre and a few others. A bit quiet in some guides...but that's ok. Oh, and picked up the Hoarders guide. Interesting how they tag hoarding over and over as a mental may be but to me, there's a very fine line between hoarding and collecting and its not just not housewives and single parents. More than a few museums/galleries/sport hall of fames "inventory" items not on display to the point that it'd be hoarding. The only diff is that in those cases, a suit would deny its hoarding and call it "preserving for future generations..."...:)

- TV wise, watching the All Star Survivor season and I'm a little annoyed with the format this season. Inviting people to play a third time smacks of wanting ratings up...that and hearing a person like Jerri Matheny prattle on as she tries to extend her 15 minutes of fame is grating on my nerves.

- Well, that's about all..have a good weekend and don't forget to adjust the clocks!

I miss my friend.

It's been three years....

Three years ago, a dear online friend here at the site passed away. Although many of the people who knew her have moved on and away from here sadly, I thought I'd mention it today. For someone who many never met face to face, she touched a lot of lives here and I, for one, know my life is better for knowing her.

I will ALWAYS miss my friend.