Archive for February, 2008

Business Time


Some comedy entertainment while I write serious posts behind the scenes.
It was hard to choose a clip, but this one had me in tears last night, so here ya go mates!

Nice Weekend

I have no time to write anything today so here is a pic from Saturday at the mountain. It was the boy’s first time trying snowboarding. Cheers!
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Happy Birthday Mom!

daughter and mother

Roses are red, violets are blue
This is the first time I’ve blogged about you
I hope this will do, in lieu of a card
I want to be witty but it’s really hard
You know that I love you, you deserve the best
Some poetry should really have you impressed
A fine day today, it lies within reach
With a walk in the woods or some time on the beach.
Whatever you do, or who is beside you
I know you will keep the one love inside you
We need to connect soon, for everyone’s sake.
Be expecting a visit when we get to spring break.

I hope you enjoy your birthday today and may the next year bring much peace and happiness!
Love, me

(pic is from 1977, when mom was 10 years younger than I am now)

Blogroll Love

It has come to my attention that folks on my blogroll will get more cred if I link to them in the body of my site. So here’s the love:

  • Ancora Imparo
  • David Byrne’s Journal
  • Gluten Free Girl
  • Kulshan Cartographic Services
  • Little Bang Theory
  • Monkey Muck
  • Monkeys for Helping
  • Oliphant Parts
  • Patriots of Tomorrow
  • Phydeaux and Phriends
  • Politits
  • Post Secret
  • Shakesville
  • Strange Maps
  • This Modern World
  • Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds
  • Yambique
  • Yogoman Burning Band
  • I love you all

    A Parent’s Nightmare

    This morning I saw a newspaper headline about an 7 year old boy from Bellingham who has been missing for nearly three days after he disappeared from a beach on Vancouver Island while vacationing with his family.

    Whenever I hear about things happening to children my own son’s age, I can’t help putting myself in that parents’ place for just a moment, empathising with what they are going through. I was instantly transported back to the the panic and fear I experienced that day several years ago when I lost track of my own son for only a few minutes near a large body of water.

    Since I especially related to today’s story, as soon as I got home from work I went online to check on the progress of the search. There was a photograph.

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    My heart sank. I know that face. It’s William, a sweet boy I know, a friend of my son’s. David and Camilla’s little boy. The anguish they must be going through right now I can only imagine. I hope we have some answers soon.

    You could cross the river on their backs…

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    The numbers of salmon that used to swim the waters around here are legendary. This was cannery country, with the world’s largest either here in Bellingham or up at Semiahmoo depending on who you talk to. Sadly, due to a combination of factors (overfishing, habitat degradation, declining water quality, etc) those historic runs have slowed to a trickle compared to what they once were.

    Many of the Alaska runs are pretty healthy, so I feel okay about eating them.
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    I watch out for the farmed salmon, though. They are raised in pens eating grains, rather than being predators on the open sea as they swim to russia and back. Distributors even have to dye the flesh pink so it looks platable. Yuck.
    Most disturbing, the sea lice that infest them are killing young wild fry in Coastal British Columbia as they pass the farms on their way out to sea.
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    People are starting to pay more attention to where their food comes from now, which is great. Around here we try to find local, sustainable food sources. One of the greatest examples is what the folks across Hale’s passage on Lummi Island are doing.
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    They are operating a sustainable fishery using the ancient technique of reefnetting.
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    From Lummi Island Wild:

    An Ancient Wild Pacific Salmon Fishery
    Wild Pacific Salmon reefnet fishing is a historical Pacific Northwest salmon fishing method. It has been practiced for centuries by Native American tribes using cedar canoes and cedar nets to catch wild sockeye and other wild Pacific salmon. Though the boats have gotten a little bigger and winches are use to pull in the nylon net, this wild Pacific salmon fishing method has remained fundamentally unchanged. Fishermen still stand on towers, waiting to see a school of salmon swim along the reef and over the small net, suspended between two boats. When a school is observed, the net is quickly pulled up and the wild caught salmon are gently spilled into a netted live well to relax after the brief struggle, allowing the dissipation of bitter lactic acid that has built up in their flesh, resulting in a sweeter flavor. The fish are then sorted and any unwanted species that may have been caught are harmlessly diverted back into the water. The remaining salmon are bled by cutting a gill and are then placed into another live well to swim until dead. An insulated tote of slush ice is waiting for the bled fish, where they will stay until the end of the day, when they are processed. Reefnetting produces the highest quality wild pacific salmon available. If salmon are to be caught and eaten, they should be treated with the utmost reverence and respect. Reefnetting allows this special type of handling.Reefnetting can only be done on a flood tide, because the gear is set up to face the flood current when salmon are moving northward toward the Fraser River. By utilizing this flood tide the fishery can use stationary gear and wait for the tide to bring the harvest. Spotters must actually see the salmon swim over the nets. No fossil fuels are used to chase the wild salmon, and there is very little disruption of marine mammals, birds or the environment in terms of water, air, noise or motion.

    When I have a chance to get the Lummi Island reefnet salmon, I know I’m getting a lot of bang for my buck. And it’s mighy tasty, too.

    Multiple Choice

    I took a few online pick your candidate quizzes tonight.

    I started with the USA Today Candidate match game
    My top candidate is Joseph Biden, followed by Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich. This quiz was very entertaining graphics-wise. The candidates heads rise up on a graph as you answer. And after you are done you can “tweak” your positions on different issues to see how that changes the results.

    At glassbooth.org I learned that Mike Gravel shares a 94% similarity with my beliefs.
    (Obama was 76 and Clinton 75). The site has very fairly comprehensive explanations of the results including links and media. For example, did you know Gravel said that “marijuana has recuperative powers”? I had fun looking at the different candidates, how closely I aligned with them on certain issues, and why. (Secret: I did not even know who Gravel was before tonight. Thanks, MSM!)

    At the Washington Post, I was able to take a detailed quiz from which my only possible results were Clinton and Obama. It consisted of a series of policy statements where you had to choose the most palatable answer. The two candidates were pretty close on most topics. I was 42% Hillary and 57% Barack. I agreed with Clinton on Health Care, education, social security and national security and with Obama on immigration, energy policy, economics and the Iraq War. Oh.

    Mind numb. Must get away from computer screen now. Goodnight