Stressors

Bit cold today. -10 degrees but feels like -18 Celsius.

Mom’s got physiotherapy this morning at 11 am in our old hometown of  Pointe-Claire, QC 

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Located in Montreal’s West Island, the City of Pointe-Claire, renowned for the quality and variety of its municipal services, is a wonderful place to live.

It’s everything tech related really. It will be nice and quiet for a little bit, which will be because it can get tiresome with the constant computer, tablet and smartphone related queries.

It can get really frustrating at times for me, depending upon who it is coming to me with their tech problems. They don’t seem to understand that I have absolutely no training as an IT technician.

When they say they wouldn’t know what they would do without me, it occasionally depresses me, because I personally don’t have anyone, with the exception of Drew, to go to for computer related issues. When I do need help, I’m much more likely to Google my questions or go to an online forum and ask for help there.

Bottom line is everything I’ve learned is because I took the time to figure things out, and usually it’s because I’m the one who screwed things up in the first place, LOL.

Mom’s doing it because I’m convenient, but then gets occasionally frustrated when I can’t explain it to her in a way she understands.

There are times, depending on my mood (always fluctuating) that I actually get overwhelmed and anxious every time she calls out to me with a some new query.

Oh well . What can I do? She’s my Mom and I love her. Besides, she’s entitled to anything she wants considering the 9+ months she carried me while she was pregnant, and that doesn’t even include the 47 years of my life and it’s problems

I’ll probably grab the vacuum cleaner after she heads out and do the main floor of the house. Also have to bring the two cauldrons of Turkey Scotch broth in from outside, as well as the hard wood for the smoker and let them defrost. I think, despite the disappointing setback earlier this week with the freeze burned turkey (from 2013), she’s now mentally prepared to get a new bird from the grocer at some point today and get it smoked over the course of the weekend. I would really like to start baking some of the cookies soon too.

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Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause reduces democracy to majority rule: Opinion | CBC News

Central to most defences of judicial review is a recognition that important individual and minority rights are often lost sight of, and sometimes even deliberately overridden, in majoritarian politics. We hope that governments will respect basic rights, but we recognize that they sometimes fail to do so.

Source: Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause reduces democracy to majority rule: Opinion | CBC News

Yes, it was pretty much a certainty he was going to use the Not Withstanding Clause. Populist move to give his base a boost.

I would have said that it will blow up in his face come the next provincial election, but he’s essentially gerrymandered the vote by ensuring that Toronto doesn’t have the same representation per capita as the rest of Ontario.

Even more disappointing was our Prime Minister and the Federal Government not stepping in to support Toronto.

Dark days ahead. Genuine democracy by the people for the people of Ontario, and perhaps Canada in the near future, took a serious blow.

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Getting Bedbugs Actually Made My Life Better

I’m closer to my neighbors, living with less clutter, and spend less time worrying about pointless stuff.

Source: Getting Bedbugs Actually Made My Life Better

Full disclosure: I discovered two of these vermin in my unit during the latter part of this Spring. I have no idea how they got there, but have my suspicions that they came from a unit directly underneath me by a couple of floors that I’m aware of having a “problem”. Fortunately enough, I saw them and got on top of the situation right away, and have not seen any since.

Anyways, I found this to be an extremely interesting take on the subject of bedbugs. That despite the toll the trauma of being infested by these little bastards can inflict on a person’s life, there is the possibility too that one can actually better themselves from the experience, by redefining how you see the world and what you consider important.

How to Deal With Blamers | PairedLife

A ‘blamer’ is a type of narcissist (meaning they have an inflated sense of self) who, in their own eyes, can do no wrong. Everything that happens wrong around or to them, whether their own fault or not, they immediately place the blame on the other people in their life

Source: How to Deal With Blamers | PairedLife

Wow. As I read through the list of the Personality Traits of Blamers, as described by the columnist, one person’s name literally jumps to the fore.

Supes VS Batdude

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gothan City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.… More

Directed By: Zack Snyder
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 31 min.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Release Date: March 23, 2016

I’m going to be very honest. Despite the rampant criticisms by alleged “film critics”, perhaps paid off by Disney, this movie was definitely not as shaky as they professed. What’s even more surprising are the Flixster user score versus the number of negative reviews that are placed up front for everyone to see, especially by a website owned by Warner Bros.

Ben Afleck did an excellent job taking on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman and it should be interesting to see what he offers in the upcoming solo movie. Henry Cavill, despite the crappy hair job, is still proving to be a fantastic Superman. Even Doomsday was well executed.

Probably the only genuinely muddled scene was the dream sequence Bruce Wayne has, with the Omega symbol easter egg accompanied by parademons, all hinting towards the eventual appearance of Darkseid with an ominous warning by what could be one of Jack Kirby’s New Gods. The ending too had a few scenes that were badly sequenced, but so what?

Now, if i were to crap over anything it was Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor. Having Luthor come off as socially inept and insane was BS. Luthor first and foremost has always been a brilliant businessman with a hate on for aliens. I don’t blame Eisenberg for the role he was cast however. That mistake lies directly on Zack Snyder and whatever deviant he hired as screenwriter.

Still, much of this movie should be considered a tremendous success for DC and I look forward to the Justice League movies, providing Disney and Marvel fan babies can restrain themselves from trashing the movies long before they come out.

The Royal Secret

The Royal SecretThe Royal Secret by John Bentley
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Way too much information being thrown at you in the first several chapters, much of it having nothing to do with the alleged story. By the time I was getting round to the 100th page I had had more than enough.

Don’t get me started on the ridiculous name for the lead character, who comes off a pathetic wooden mannequin who only really existed for her now beloved deceased mentor, and sadly never had any genuine aspirations of her own. Absolutely couldn’t stand her she was so flat. The 2 kids are equally 2 dimensional and frankly, by the eighth chapter and the 20th plus time being reminded that the dear wee souls parents had been killed in a car accident with their grandmother, I was of the opinion that it was a bloody shame that they hadn’t been in the same vehicle.

I appreciate the author put a lot of research into this novel, but how that research is ultimately presented is what makes a good book.

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