Thursday, August 31, 2006

Trump Fires Carolynn!

In a move that will likely come as a big surprise to Trump / Apprentice fans, Donald Trump said "You're Fired" to Carolyn Kepcher, one of his top managers and long time sidekick in the Apprentice series.

Trump, Carolyn, and George

CNN reports that she has been replaced by Trump's daughter, Ivanka, who will be taking over her job at the Trump National Golf Club. Another twist to the story is that Trump's son, Donald Jr, will be replacing George Ross for season six. George isn't fired, but because the show will take place in Los Angeles, he won't be appearing much, if at all.

While I think Don Jr and Ivanka will do an OK job on the show, I'm not yet convinced that they'll be as entertaining as Ross and Carolyn. They just seem a little bit stiff or something. Loosen up, guys! Your Dad is more relaxed than you!

To the right is a link to one of Trump's books which I own. It's a book that covers a large number of general ideas for ways to improve your finances, career, and much more.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Mount Baker

Today we went on a day trip across the border to Washington for a bit of shopping and some sightseeing. We stopped by a local dairy for some butter, cheese curds, and chocolate milk. Then we went to Bellingham for some clothes shopping (Natasha picked up a couple of skirts).

On our way back, we decided we had plenty of time and headed back towards Mount Baker. I'd been there a few times in different areas but it's a very large park and there's lots to see.

We headed up to the Vista for a great view of the mountain.

Mount Baker from the Vista

Up a little further, we came to the end of the road where there's an open area and some picnic tables. About 30 seconds after we got out of the car, the birds started flying really near, and one landed on my head. I figured out really quick that they were either tame from having so many tourists, or there are so few people they're not scared. Probably the tourist one.

Well, this was quite a novelty and we had a great time holding out our hands and getting the birds to fly to us (one other family showed up and stole their attention with cheesies so they lost interest in us shortly).

Andrew holding a bird

Apparently very tame birds!

If any readers out there recognize this bird or wish to look it up, we'd love to hear about it.

We're back home now for a relaxing evening. Hope you're all having a great weekend!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Unbelievable Ukulele

As many of you know, I am a Ukulele player, and like to surprise friends, family, and guests with a performance now and then. I've found it to be an instrument that is easy to learn, fun to play, very portable, and always makes the people I play for smile.

Those of you who were at my wedding will have heard my now famous performance of "Pearly Shells". I will try working on learning a few new songs and maybe I'll actually post something on my blog!

Something like the following which is a video I recently came across that is an absolutely amazing Ukulele player. It's well worth watching all 4 minutes and 33 seconds of it!

Unbelievable Ukulele - "While My Ukulele Gently Weeps"


Monday, August 21, 2006

Picking Up Money

I found a quarter on the ground today and picked it up. It won't buy me anything, but add it to the few other quarters in my wallet and I can buy a donut or a newspaper.

I heard once that it wouldn't even be worth Bill Gates' time to bend down and pick up a $100 bill as he makes more than that in the same amount of time.

So my question to you is... what is the least amount of money you'll pick up from the ground if you see it? Are you too proud to pick up a penny or nickel, or do you just want to leave them for the children and bums?



Had a great time last week with my wife's brother, Victor, his wife Debbie, and their daughter Chantel. They stayed with us most of the time they were here, besides a road trip through the Rockies to Banff and Jasper.

While they were here, we played a game that's not overly common but the whole family plays; Rook. Rook is a trick-taking card game that is similar to Whist, Bridge, and Hearts (I only mention Hearts because most people have played this on the computer at some time or another). While Rook can be played with a regular deck of cards, there are special cards you can buy specifically for the game which featured colored suits (black, red, yellow, green) and are numbered 1 to 14 (no face cards, etc). There's also a 'Rook' card which is like a Joker and is a very powerful (and I dare say, important) card in the game.

It's a really great four player game (teams of two) that is easy to learn and play, but takes skill, patience, and good observation to win.

Invite us over for dinner and we'll teach you the game or if you know it alreaady, we'll play! =o)


Friday, August 18, 2006

Desktop Evolution

It's been over 20 years since the development of the "desktop" computer environment. Without it, we'd still be working with text!

Here's a page that has screen shots of the various operating systems and desktops going back to 1984:

The Evolution of Desktops


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Summer Blogging

It's summer, and I've been really busy. For those of you who check my blog regularly, sorry I haven't posted for the last 11 days or something. Take a break from the computer, and check back with me in a few weeks.

When September rolls around, things go back to normal and there's more time for thinking about what to write.

Hope you're all having a great summer!