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Found $20.00 in the snowy parking lot yesterday (the FY moment). Treated myself to breakfast at Remedy Cafe this morning. I had a double shot Red Eye (coffee) and an Egg & Swiss bagel with hot sauce. (I suppose this could go it the Eats thread... but I am not eating it *now* LOL )

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I went to this awesome retro arcade called Tilt. It has a nice selection of games from the 70's, 80's 90's. It also has a variety of systems as well to play as well. Sadly it gets crowded quite quickly and people under 19 can only stay until 8pm which sucks for me because I am in that group. But it's worth it for the classic games that they have.

Some of my favourite games that they have there include:

TMNT, Baby Pac-Man, Robotron 2084, Time Pilot, Track and Field, Q*bert,  Burgertime, Crystal Castles, Bubble Bobble, Frogger and one machine that has Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr and Mario Bros.

I noticed that they like to rotate there games in and out as some of the pinball machines, Space Invaders and Asteroids were Missing from this visit.

I also managed to get the high scores for Burgertime, Missile Command, Ms. Pac-Man, Bubble Bobble and Time Pilot.

This was definitely worth the $5 entry fee...

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Mom refused to get into the  WheelchairTaxi to go to her doctor's appointment today... so I got to go back home and relax instead of take her to the doctor ☺️

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Finished school at 3:30 today instead of 5:30. This might be the only time I get to go home early for the semester as I finish classes between 17:20 and 19:30.

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My friend Mary from the pool is going to Mexico for 9 weeks and is clearing out her fridge / pantry. She gave me two bags of Cobs Bakery croissants, a small bag of home made perogies, and some home made apple loaf / cake. Yummy !!!

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On 1/1/2019 at 7:51 PM, captaintrolley said:

(I suppose this could go it the Eats thread... but I am not eating it *now* LOL )

I never am eating when using the computer so all of my "eating" posts are postprandial.

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Just purchased a Canon 18-135 STM lens to replace my 18-55 IS on my Canon Rebel T2i.  The autofocus on my 18-55 is worn out and takes quite a long time to focus.  Can’t wait to try my new toy out tomorrow!

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Two things I want to share:

I am part of the praise and worship band at my church as a keyboardist. Since then, our worship leading opportunities have been largely limited to internal events within our parish community. But last night, we went on stage and were featured in the pre-show for an event attended by hundreds of people from across the region and that was even live streamed over the Internet - and for the first time since joining the ministry about a year and a half ago, I felt that I belonged to the team as a real worship leader. Amazing, but true.

Meanwhile, today at work, we were playing a game of Jeopardy where we were tested on our knowledge of Finance. After a grueling start where my team fell behind our opponent by a wide margin, we managed to claw our way back and in the end, came out on top, winning ourselves the prize of being able to leave work 90 minutes early tomorrow and get paid for it! ...

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I finally found a small and compact backpack! No more lugging around a load the size of a toddler when I go out. (The backpack I got is on the right).

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36 minutes ago, PCC Guy said:

I finally found a small and compact backpack! No more lugging around a load the size of a toddler when I go out. (The backpack I got is on the right).

 

I bought a small compact back pack once because I was tired of those bigger ones, and the first time I went to Safeway with it, I discovered it was a bit small for my needs. So I went back to the bigger one. Seems I am always carting stuff around.

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2 hours ago, captaintrolley said:

I bought a small compact back pack once because I was tired of those bigger ones, and the first time I went to Safeway with it, I discovered it was a bit small for my needs. So I went back to the bigger one. Seems I am always carting stuff around.

I still have a cumbersome backpack, but I've found I haven't had much need for it since I finished school. I imagine it could be useful for grocery shopping (I still live at home so we can all drive to the grocery store for now) but otherwise I generally travel pretty light. It's been a pain to find one like this, it seems that most men's backpacks are marketed to the 'carry all your worldly possessions all at once' crowd.

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4 hours ago, captaintrolley said:

I bought a small compact back pack once because I was tired of those bigger ones, and the first time I went to Safeway with it, I discovered it was a bit small for my needs. So I went back to the bigger one. Seems I am always carting stuff around.

This one might make y'all chuckle. When I go out photographing, I use a bundle buggy filled with my tripods and cameras.

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2 hours ago, PCC Guy said:

I still have a cumbersome backpack, but I've found I haven't had much need for it since I finished school. I imagine it could be useful for grocery shopping (I still live at home so we can all drive to the grocery store for now) but otherwise I generally travel pretty light. It's been a pain to find one like this, it seems that most men's backpacks are marketed to the 'carry all your worldly possessions all at once' crowd.

I don't live at home and have never owned a vehicle. If I have a modest load of groceries I will just take my backpack. If I have a lot of items, or heavy items (beverage cartons, canned goods) or awkwardly large items (TP) I have one of those granny carts (a canvas bag on wheels) which is a life saver when a backpack just won't do. I did see some nice compact Oakley bags a few years ago, but styles change and stores switch up their stock every once in a while to follow market trends.

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Just now, captaintrolley said:

I have one of those granny carts (a canvas bag on wheels) which is a life saver when a backpack just won't do.

That's what I was trying to describe. I didn't know what they were called. Thanks.

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3 minutes ago, 7575 said:

This one might make y'all chuckle. When I go out photographing, I use a bundle buggy filled with my tripods and cameras.

Great idea. I used to hang out with a friend of mine several years ago and we used to go around taking photos of trolleys. He used to make me carry his stuff - he called me 'Captain Caddy'.  He should take a cue from you !!!

Just now, 7575 said:

That's what I was trying to describe. I didn't know what they were called. Thanks.

My son calls them granny carts, so that's what I call them now. Maybe the term will catch on.... look for it soon in the Urban Dictionary. LOL

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Mom was cleaning out the house and found this unused cap string for me.  I was going to buy one myself but hey, saving $5-10 dollars is better than saving nothing!

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The place I work organizes a group game every Friday afternoon. Today's was actually a two-part game. The first part was a Kahoot quiz, played by each class individually and whose winner would represent the class in the second. As it turned out, I managed to come out on top out of seven participants in my own class and therefore gained this distinction of moving on.

As for the second game, the ten class representatives would be divided into two teams whose aim is to form a variety of geometric shapes using a looped string and their bodies. One person had to lead the team by providing audible directions to the other four members, who were blindfolded and unable to communicate in any other way. I volunteered to lead my own team this way, and in the end, we edged out our opponents and won a prize of junk food and souvenirs - and left the other classes with plenty to talk about afterwards!

P.S. the climax was in the fifth and final round, where both teams were tied and we had to build a five-pointed star, which we did by looping the string around our bodies and stretching it. My team won because I came up with the idea first (and the spectators were whooping once I did so!), while my counterparts only copied it, according to the judges.

P.P.S. I had considered not participating in the Kahoot game, but now you know what wouldn't have happened if this was the case!

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4 hours ago, OC Transpo/STO Fan said:

All schools in Ottawa are cancelled tomorrow. This means a day to stay home and relax!

 

The Calgary Board of Education reportedly hasn’t had a snow day in almost 20 years. But, most snow days just means you’ll have to make it up on a PD day or an day off of a  break.

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3 minutes ago, TechSpotlight said:

The Calgary Board of Education reportedly hasn’t had a snow day in almost 20 years. But, most snow days just means you’ll have to make it up on a PD day or an day off of a  break.

We don't make our snow days up. In fact, we rarely have snow days except in very rare circumstances such as this winter storm we're having with 40cm of snow.

My school has never closed except for the September 2018 tornado and the winter storm now.

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Open house at the local elementary school tomorrow. Wife and I are going. Fun, fun, fun!

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