Sporting Toronto in May

The Leafs are in the playoffs for the first time in 9 years:  YAY!

The Leafs are going to lose their first playoff round in 9 years:  Yeah, well, the Leafs made the playoffs for the first time in 9 years!

What is going on with the Blue Jays……Such a promising team on paper but such an enigma on the field.  They show “grit” and “determination” in two consequtive comebacks and then lose the next two…..

Time to put the Stanley Cup champagne back in the cellar and give up my space on the World Series parade route.

 

Ghosts in the Night

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Some time ago, actually it’s more than two decades ago, I was a student at a University in another city.  I remember it vividly since I was on my own – really on my own – for the first time.  It was a time of growing up, learning more about who I really was, and enjoying freedom as an adult but I was still really just a kid.  When I think back now, I have to laugh at some of the things I believed at the time.  But if I knew then what I know now I don’t think University would have been nearly as fun.

But I digress.  It was during the second semester of my first year that my roommate moved out because his co-op job placement was in another city.  I took that opportunity to move into his vacated room because it had a better view and more privacy.  From the first night I slept in that room I had a vaguely uneasy feeling which I just shrugged off and ignored.  The feeling came and went seemingly quite random but one night in particular I will never forget.

I had been reading before I fell asleep and my paperback was somewhere among the sheets when I woke up in the middle of the night, I’m guessing it was around 3:30.  I had the feeling that something was in the room with me.  I was lying on my right side facing the wall with my back to the room so I could not see anything and since it was pitch black in the room I don’t think I could have seen anything anyway.  I could feel every nerve in my body on high alert waiting for something to happen whether that be a voice, a touch, a sound, anything.  I know as I write this that it would have been perfectly sensible for me to be scared silly but I was not.

I was prickly with anticipation of a hand on my back or something like that but I was not afraid, only expecting.  After a time and I really have no idea how long it was, 30 seconds or 5 minutes I couldn’t tell, the feeling subsided and I felt that I was once again alone in the room.  Since I had not really been scared, I quickly fell asleep again but in the morning I woke up with a clear memory of waking up a few hours previous.  The feeling was not one of malevolence or anger, more like curiosity.  I didn’t mention this to my landlord or to any of my friends and over the next year it slipped out of my mind.

The next year when I moved back to the University, I lived in a different house with new roommates but one day when I was walking across the campus I happened to meet up with my roommate from my first year.  After saying hello and chatting for a few minutes, he jokingly asked if we missed him around the house when he left for his work term the previous year.  I laughed and told him that I hadn’t even noticed he was gone except that I got a room upgrade because of it.

His manner immediately changed and in his voice lowered as he asked me “You didn’t move into my old room did you?” I replied “Actually I did, why?”

“Because”, he said “I never mentioned it to you at the time because I figured you’d think I was off my nut but the whole time I was living in that room I couldn’t shake the feeling that something else was there with me.”  He went on to say that on occassion he would wake up in the middle of the night convinced that someone was standing there looking at him.

I then told him about my experience when I had woken up with exactly the same feeling.  His last words as we said our good-byes were “If I had known you were thinking of moving into that room, I would have warned you not to”.  I’m not sure if I believe in ghosts but that experience was the closest I’ve come to a paranormal experience a la Ghost Hunters!

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What’s with the weather?

When I was driving in to work this morning I had to squint to keep the sun from blinding me.  The announcers on the radio were talking about the cloudless blue sky overhead, and I was feeling pretty happy after all the greyness lately.  Fast foward 4 hours or so and I’m looking out the window at a blizzard of snow flying by the window nearly horizontal!

I know that March is supposed to be like this but it seems amplified this year for some reason.  Beautiful warm days one week and then freezing wind and huge snowflakes the next week.  We had 18″ of snow which was enough to build a pretty great snowman if I do say so myself, only to see it melt to a snowball three days later.  A fantastic sledding hill becomes treacherous with a 6″ river of water running by the base of it the next day.

Wildfires, hurricanes, drought, and a whole bunch of unpredictable weather.  I wonder what this summer will bring with it…

oh, and it looks like the Maple Leafs are about to head over the cliff in their annual “end-of-the-season-collapse”.

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Login Overload

I’m looking forward to the day when someone comes out with a better form of security than the userid / password that we’ve got now.  Is biometrics the next big thing?  I don’t know about that but what I do know is that it’s frustrating to have to remember a userid / password combination for everything that I do online and even at work.

It wouldn’t be so bad if the it was advisable or even possible to re-use the same userid and password everywhere but that’s problematic for two reasons:  first, the obvious, if you do use the same userid and password then if you’re compromised on one site, then whoever discovered your security information has discovered it EVERYWHERE.  And second, some sites want a userid, some want to use your e-mail, some control the type of password while others don’t care.  Some want numbers, capitals, and symbols, and others do something completely different.  Like a “random” number generated on a key fob that is synchronized to a key server that knows what number you should be entering at any given moment.  I even have an account that will randomly ask for, say, the first, fifth, and seventh characters in my password which, by the way, includes a capital, numbers, and is at least 8 characters long! 

And others will include a passphrase linked to an image which you are expected to recognize before you enter your password.  This is to protect against people following links to rotten servers and providing their login credentials to someone who will turn around and use that info to access the real account.

So what do we do?  Post it notes stuck around the monitor is one solution but not one that is really recommended since a thief can just pick up all the notes, leave your home and pillage all your accounts.  How about another password protected app that stores all your websites, userids and passwords?  You’d better make sure that app is well protected with a secure password!  

Hopefully someone comes up with something soon…..my brain can’t handle many more userid and password combinations.

I’m Baaaaack!

Okay, I’ve upgraded to the latest version of Word Press and woweee are there ever a lot of changes.  I guess if you take over a year off there’s bound to be a few changes when you come back….Like anything I suppose.

Nasty evening out there, rain was freezing on my windshield as I was driving back from Kristen’s soccer practice.  When Eli remembered that he forgot his water bottle I had to tell him there was no way we were turning around to go back for it.  Luckily, one of the other parents noticed it and will bring it to us to the next game… Yayyy….

Molly Parden

This is a video of another Kickstarter musician I am backing.  In this vid she is singing a duet with a gent named Danny Brewer and they are performing a great cover of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.  I am truly amazed at the number of great musicians out there sharing their talent….Enjoy.

Spammers now commenting?

A fairly recent phenomena, for my blog anyway, is spammers who post comments en masse as replies to my posts.  That is a truly awful way of spamming and I wish there was a way that I could block them before they do it but, unfortunately, the only way is to not allow commenting on my posts.  That is what I’ve resorted to and for the time being only my most recent post will allow commenting.  My e-mail was filing up with requests to moderate those silly comments and I just got sick and tired of it.

What was especially disappointing is when they post something frivolous, commercial, or pornographic to the posts I have regarding my friend who passed away or the the one about the passing of my dog, Riley.  That is crossing a line and going too far.  One of the last ones I got said something like “I really like %%blogposttitle%% and think you’d really enjoy my site at www.getlostandstopspammingmyblog.now”  The person didn’t even know how to do it properly since I’m sure %%blogposttitle%% wasn’t supposed to appear. 

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Are we in March or January?

Today is March the 24th and I woke up to find snowdrifts of 18″ deep on our deck!  There was almost a foot of snow on the driveway when I got home yesterday, and the lawn is once again covered with billions of snowflakes.  Driving in to work this morning it sure felt like January.  I could almost still hear the kids unwrapping their presents even though that REALLY happened three months ago!

As much as I love sledding and building snowforts in the backyard with the kids I am more than ready to have Spring arrive in the form of warmer temperatures, a greening up backyard, and NO SNOW.  The kids had just stopped wearing snowpants to school and now they’re back in them….No more teasing please, let’s have Spring!

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Geri X

I recently “discovered” Geri X on the Kickstarter website where she was trying to raise some money for a project.  She has some great tunes and I went to her website to pick up a couple of her CD’s……You can find her at http://gerixmusic.com

This song is one of my favorites along with “Simmer Down”……Enjoy!