A Royal Visit.

 Prince William and Catherine have now arrived here in Canada for a 9 day trip( a jaunt to The Colonies, ha ha ha). It’s all over the news and thousands of people lined up to see them.They will be at the festivities tomorrow for Canada Day at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.My friend who lives in Ottawa even said he got to shake William’s hand as well as PM Harper’s! My hubby likes to insult them and make fun of me because I like them(“Not interested!” “Not news!” “Couldn’t care less!” he snorts; the exact same way *I* feel about loser sports!!) making snarky remarks, but what do you expect though, considering where he comes from; he needs to get some culture anyway! 🙂

A Tragedy Of Two Families.

 It’s all over the news the latest policeman killed in the line of duty. This time he was dragged and crushed by a runaway van as the driver sped off after being pulled over. The driver was only 15 and had taken his dad’s van for a “joyride” with his friends and when the officer pulled him over I assume what happened is he panicked and got scared and drove off, dragging the cop with him(then the van flipped over crushing him beneath it) but likely not intending on killing him; a stupid youthful mistake gone wrong, that has now shattered 2 families and destroyed 2 lives.This is a perfect example of how 1 event, 1 wrong choice, can affect the rest of your life and the lives of others.;how in one instant everything can change.

The media report is going on and on about this, as they always do when a police officer is killed, more so than if it was a civilian, making me wonder if they value the cop’s lives more than the “common” person’s.It is a tragedy though and he leaves behind a wife and 2 young kids. The other tragedy, however, that is being overlooked is the 15 year old and his family. Imagine what it’s like for his parents as well? He is in critical condition with head and spinal cord injuries, may be paralyzed and/or brain damaged if he even survives and then faces a first degree murder charge on top of that,assuming he ever wakes up, that is. His life is destroyed as well and that of his family as well as the police officer’s family. There are 2 hurting families here, although the one is being overlooked. I would think the guilt that he killed someone would be enough to destroy him,having to live with that knowledge the rest of his life, but he also faces jail time.All this for one stupid mistake that will follow him and that he will pay for, for the rest of his life. I pray it doesn’t define and destroy him the rest of his life;that he can learn and grow from this tragedy and make better choices in the future; that he can move past this and make something with his life, changing his ways and not have this one tragic event dictate the rest of his life.He’s only 15.Spending years in jail with hard-core inmates will only make him worse when he gets out.Being the most hated and vilified person right  won’t help toward rehabilitation,either.Now 2 families will be forever changed and shattered and we must pray for everyone(esp. the ones that no one else will pray for;the ones that need it the most) and consider ALL that are hurting; 2 families torn apart,suffering and grieving.People are upset by this, and rightly so, but we must remember there are 2 victims and 2 hurting families that need compassion and prayer and I don’t think a stupid mistake at age 15 should condemn this kid for the rest of his life.

Keep To The Right!

 I was surprised to read in the paper the other day complaints about people being rude, with an update on social etiquette to find out that it is understood that when walking on the sidewalk or standing on an escalator you are always to walk/stand on the right hand side. I am 44 years old and I never knew that; I have always just stood or walked wherever. I never knew there was any “rule” on this, or that people are to exit a bus or elevator before people go on. With my Asperger’s I am unaware of such things that others just seem to automatically know and I always wondered how,where,and when they learn things like this, or is it just something everyone but me knows? It probably also doesn’t help that my mom was never around to guide and teach me things and I was for the most part left to my own devices. I basically had to try and figure things out on my own and for myself, with no guidance.

I always commit these “social gaffes” and embarrass myself in public and people wrongly think I’m rude when in actual fact I just don’t know. I can’t read body language or pick up on social cues.I can’t “read in-between the lines” ,know the rules” or “unwritten” rules. I never know what to say to people,and what questions or topics are appropriate or not. I almost always end up offending people and they take things the wrong way, not the way I intended. I end up embarrassed, humiliated, hurt, wounded and scolded like a naughty child.I just retreat more and more into isolation. I WANT to fit in and be liked and accepted and to make friends, I just don’t know how. I also have trouble with money so when I buy things I fumble with the change and look really dumb not being able to correctly count it(thank God for credit cards!).I have trouble figuring out if there’s a line-up and if there is where it begins and where it ends. I struggle to find which end of the check-out counter at a store to go to.I have no idea how to do banking or taxes. ATM’s and other automated things are out of the question;they are way too confusing for me, and I’ll never be able to drive,either(I even have trouble finding my way around on a bus and get lost!).What is normal every day life for others is still a mystery and a struggle for me. What they take for granted I am clueless.It’s like they all know this secret that I don’t know, like about keeping to the right. I honestly had no idea.I have a very difficult time navigating thru life.I come across as rude, stuck-up, pushy, nosey, etc. not meaning to but I can’t relate to people and never know how to act, what to say, what to do, etc. I am always being misunderstood and can’t function like other people do. It literally is that everyone is going in one direction and I’m always going the opposite way. They keep to the right and I am always on the left.Almost like culture shock, only in your own country.Life is very challenging for me and I get swallowed up by it.

Back To Work, You Greedy S.O.B’s!

 Canada Post union has been legislated back to work by the gov’t(finally! What took them so long?) after a 26 day strike and the mail is set to resume being delivered today. The funny thing is the greedy union complains the entire time yet walked OUT of negotiation talks and now it goes to arbitration the 2 offers available are even LOWER than the original offer from Canada Post so they’ll end up with even LESS but it serves them right for refusing to settle, for keeping the strike going and holding the public hostage and for being greedy and not satisfied and wanting more. Now they get even less AND are ordered back to work, so all I can say is “Ha ha ha!” and it serves them right! They did it to themselves and only have themselves to blame! They’ve had MORE than enough time to reach a settlement.Enough is enough!

The Socialist NDP party kept stalling the back-to-work legislation for days but it still passed(with a majority gov’t) then the senate approved it and it got royal assent…and now they have to get back to work. I just wonder what took them so long; when Air Canada went on strike the gov’t ordered them back in 2 days!

Weiner Is Such A Dick!!

 Former US congressman Anthony Weiner is such a dick! He was caught sending crude Twitter pics to women incl. porno whores. He is obviously a pervert and to make it worse is the fact that he’s married and his wife is expecting their first child! I feel badly for her, no doubt hurt, humiliated and embarrassed. I can only imagine how strained their marriage must be now.At first he lied and denied sending the crude photos as well and said someone had “hacked” his account and then admitted to it, yet still refused to resign despite pleas for it but eventually gave in to public pressure and resigned, as he should have. What IS it with these high profile guys though? How stupid IS he to risk his career, his marriage and his reputation by sending porno pics? Why would anyone be so dumb to DO something like that,anyway? He’s such a dick!

So Convincing!!

 My son is taking Business Administration at university(just finished his 3rd year) and he will do well in the world of finance not only due to his high grades and being a member of the Honour Society but also because I am convinced he can talk anyone into anything! Case in point: I told him we pay over 100$ a month for our TV satellite service so he phones(unbeknownst to us) our satellite provider and tells them to the effect of “stop ripping off ‘old’ people!” and  somehow convinced them to take 20$ a month off our bill for the next year, saving us 240$! He said where he lives in the big city he only pays 45$ a month for his HD cable TV service! He will do well in his chosen profession later, being able to talk people into why they need to hire him, or work for his company, or do business with him, etc.

As well, I heard on the radio an ad for someone doing the same business at an event that our family has and I got mad thinking, “You’re cutting into our business!” and as it turned out it was US; we’re booked for it so I was mad at ourselves! The redneck losers next door were also smoking up over the w/e and it reeked so bad we had to even close our windows and the 8 YR old said, “They probably picked it out of their garden!” My mom snickered as well that I’m a “Communist” because I always make the kids share everything and take turns; she doesn’t believe in sharing and is always trying to discourage it and sabotages my teaching the kids; I guess she wants them to end up selfish like her….

Here We Go Again!!

 Here we go again, trouble with our pool(what else is new?)No matter what I do, despite daily cleaning and maintenance(scrubbing with the broom thing on the long pole and scooping with the net on the pole) and cleaning and chemicals and vacuuming several times a week the water is STILL cloudy and greenish(not as bad as the photo here but you get the idea.) We just can’t get rid of the algae and can’t get the water blue, sparkling, clean and clear no matter what. It’s really frustrating as I try so HARD and put in clarifiers, flocking agents, algaecide, “shock”, stabilizers,etc. yet we still  can’t keep up with the dirt ,algae and murkiness.The other day when I used the manual vacuum(as opposed to the automatic “robotic” vacuum we usually use) the hose kept coming off the vacuum 5 times AND I still couldn’t vacuum up all the sand from the bottom of the deep end AND the chlorine pucks came loose out of the container and sunk to the bottom of the pool! NOTHING can ever go RIGHT for me!

As well as that we’re still leaking water, the water level goes down every day 1-2 inches and we’re always leaving the hose in to re-fill it and lots of tiles and chunks of concrete have fallen off too but it just costs too much to have it fixed(last time a few years ago we had a few tiles put in it cost 800$!). I also had an idea that maybe the reason it’s so cloudy is the sand in the filter needs to be replaced; that now the filter is just recirculating the same dirty water, so we called the pool guys and  they’ll come sometime and get rid of the old sand(300 or so pounds of it!) and put in the new stuff, costing around 300$.I hope that this will FINALLY make a difference and that we can get rid of the algae and the fogginess once and for all but I won’t count on it since things have a habit of not working out for me…and no matter WHAT I do we seem to have to just live with cloudy green water.