More Political Duplicity

My gawd… they’re all behaving badly.The Conservatives wiretapped a NDP conference call, and have released only parts of it to the media.The NDP appear to have been negotiating with the Bloc to form a coalition for some time now… and the first time they had discussions on a coalition government was with Stephen Harper and the Bloc when Martin had his minority Liberal government. Holy cow… the ‘undemocratic’ formation of a coalition government is a page right of out Harper’s own playbook. No wonder he’s so upset!I think that the Conservatives should really rethink whether or not Harper should stay … Continue reading More Political Duplicity

More thoughts on the Political…

I would just like to share some thoughts… Mr. Flaherty’s ‘economic update’ was a piece of flummery delivered and defended with arrogance. There is an emerging climate of fear out there… yes, it is largely unwarranted, but we all know what the mind of the ‘mob’ can do with the smallest goading. Generally, the ‘mob’ had no expectations. Unfortunately, Mr. Flaherty delivered to those expectations. John Baird’s attitude on ‘As It Happens’ last evening was equally arrogant, and a wee bit revisionist. He is generally such a well spoken man, I was a bit surprised at points. I listened to … Continue reading More thoughts on the Political…

Certainty…

We’ve had a death in the family… one of my father’s sisters passed away during heart surgery. It leaves a huge hole in my father’s family. And it has made me realize that that entire generation of my family is heading for the threshold… its an odd thing to contemplate. I suppose I’ve been in denial about all of this, in spite of my father’s cancer (hell, I’ve been in denial about my own!) and the loss of my mother’s oldest brother (one of the younger boys passed some time ago). Somehow, one just assumes that they will always be … Continue reading Certainty…

Politics…

I am solidly behind the effort of the NDP and the Liberals to cobble together a coalition government… it certainly made the Conservatives sit up and take notice! They have reversed their position on hobbling the other parties through the removal of subsidies. Yay! Maybe the Greens will live to fight another day. And just maybe the Conservatives will get off their ideological hobby horse and come up with some real stimulus ideas for the economy.In the event that the NDP and Liberals do put together a coalition government, I would nominate Ed Broadbent to act as the interim PM… … Continue reading Politics…

Its been a year…

It was one year ago today that I underwent surgery for an oropharyngeal carcinoma that was located in my right tonsil. What they did:The surgery was one of the ugliest, most invasive procedures that I could have imagined being performed on me. It involved removal of the tumor and a clearance margin of 4 centimeters (or was it 8 centimeters?) around the tumor site, and the reconstruction of that area. There were at least two teams working on me, and the operation lasted almost eight hours. You know, I just realized that I’ve forgotten how much time they actually took. … Continue reading Its been a year…

Results

The meeting with our GP went very well yesterday. The radiologist’s report basically says that the ‘mass’ on the right kidney hasn’t changed since we started monitoring it last April/May and therefore it is likely a cyst, or something else quite innocuous. But of course the radiologist covered their butt by adding an oddly worded disclaimer suggesting that there was a very remote possibility that it could be some sort of carcinoma. Our GP pointed out that I would know if there was a real problem… there would be a change in my body chemistry that I would notice. Kidney … Continue reading Results

…and then there’s today.

Its November in Edmonton… but you’d never know it. Today is predicted to be +7 degrees C. We have no snow. It was bright and sunny for a couple of hours earlier, but a pleasant cloud cover is settling in… and yes, cloud cover can be pleasant… thin, bright, and thick in places to give it some texture, and darker bits, letting sunshine slip through the gaps… pleasant. The quality of light is so much better than it was a week or so ago. I gotta start carrying a camera with me so I can post timely photos…The experiment with … Continue reading …and then there’s today.

Just say NO! to Michaels custom framing…

Just a bit of a rant for you today… do NOT use Michaels–The Arts and Crafts Store custom framing department.Towards the end of August we took a beautiful print of Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’, which we had picked up at the Tate Gallery, Albert Dock, in Liverpool, to Michaels–The Arts and Crafts Store in north Edmonton to have it properly framed. We had a discount coupon in hand. Even after the discount, the pricing on the framing job was, in my mind, exorbitant. However, G. really, really wanted it done so I gave in, and we placed the order.I wandered into … Continue reading Just say NO! to Michaels custom framing…

Yesterday’s Physio

Yesterday’s appointment with the physio therapist at the Cross was very positive… I’m definitely making progress. My range of motion is within mere degrees of being back to what it was a year ago… which is not to say that it was ‘normal’ to begin with. Apparently I wasn’t as flexible as I could have been. Too many years spent hunched over a keyboard, I guess. But, as I said, the range of motion is back, and with negligible pain at the extremes. Strength is coming back into the all the right areas. We have adjusted my exercise list to … Continue reading Yesterday’s Physio