Happy Birthday USA

3 07 2007

Happy Independence Day USA! Happy 231st Birthday.

I hope all my friends and neighbours to the south have a wonderful holiday tomorrow.

From and including: Thursday, July 4, 1776
To, but not including : Wednesday, July 4, 2007

It is 84,370 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date

Or 231 years excluding the end date

Alternative time units

84,370 days can be converted to one of these units:

  • 7,289,568,000 seconds
  • 121,492,800 minutes
  • 2,024,880 hours
  • 12,052 weeks (rounded down)

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Last Day for Tony Blair

27 06 2007

Today is the last day in office Tony Blair. He was the British Prime Minister for 10 years.

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I Need a Vacation

18 06 2007

I haven’t been on a true relaxing vacation in a few years. Sure I’ve taken a little time off here and there. This year I took time off for my Brother in Law’s wedding, but it wasn’t for ‘me’ or relaxing/refreshing/rejuvenating like sitting on the white sands of a tropical paradise with a fruity drink dressed with an umbrella.

I need some time off for myself (and Colin)

In August Colin and I have booked a week off, we will drive up to Sudbury for a few days to see P&K and their house and hopefully head off to a cottage for the rest of the week.

I’m looking forward to no internet, no laptops, no phones, no cellphones, no Blackberry. I am far too attached to these items day to day. . . . .

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How Duckie! Anaheim Wins the Stanley Cup

6 06 2007

With 4 wins in 5 games, the Ducks win their first Stanley Cup.

Poor Senators.

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Memorial Day

28 05 2007

This picture ran in today’s New York Times. See the slide show here

I think it is a moving reminder of the true meaning of the day.  Remember Mary when you are drinking your beer.

 Mary McHugh visited the grave of her fiancé, Sgt. James J. Regan, who was killed in Iraq in February. He is buried in the new Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery for those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.


26 05 2007

You Really Know Your State Capitols

You Got 20 State Capitols Correct
You’re either a geography buff… or you have an excellent memory.

Do You Know Your State Capitols?

I’ve gotten to know my American capitals during my current job talking on the phone all day to Americans. I got ALL the questions right, many of them I already knew beforehand though, but still, I wonder how many Americans would get the Provincial Capitals of Canada Correct????

Here is a list of the Canadian Provinces and Territories, and the Capitals. . . . I’ve also included Canada, which has its own National capital. Can anyone match them up correctly??

Provinces & Territories

  1. Alberta
  2. British Columbia
  3. Manitoba
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Newfoundland (and Labrador)
  6. Nova Scotia
  7. Ontario
  8. Prince Edward Island
  9. Quebec
  10. Saskatchewan
  11. Northwest Territories
  12. Nunavut
  13. Yukon Territory
  14. Canada


  • a) Iqaluit
  • b) Fredericton
  • c) Victoria
  • d) Winnipeg
  • e) Whitehorse
  • f) Charlottetown
  • g) St. John’s
  • h) Ottawa
  • i) Yellowknife
  • j) Toronto
  • k) Edmonton
  • l) Quebec City
  • m) Halifax
  • n) Regina

NYC Yellow Taxis to Go Green by 2012

22 05 2007

The New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, plans on having all yellow taxis replaced with hybrid cars by 2012.  He released his plans today, and I must say I’m well impressed and hope other large cities take note.

The plan is to replace 1000 yellow cabs by 2008, with the rest (13 000 in total) being phased out by 2012.  NYC already has over 300 on the streets now, more than any other metropolitian city in the USA. New York City law states that all commerical taxi cabs must be replaced every 5 years at max.

There are numerous and obvious benifits to this plan, but the negatives include cabs that are still not accessible to wheelchair and other handicaped riders and this scheme will also not govern call-for-hire cars (which moreso work in Brooklyn and Queens, opposed to the yellow cabs of Manhatten).

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