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Some Ramblings from Mr. Gueguen



From my head to your computer.



Updated: 2018-02-18T07:09:00.925-06:00

 



Gas In Saskatoon, February 16, 2018.

2018-02-16T14:41:44.431-06:00

Back up we go.  Gas in Saskatoon has risen to 106.9 cents a litre at most stations.  Since it's a long weekend in Saskiatchewan some folks will assume that's the reason for the price rise.(image)



"Do not take if you are allergic to..."

2018-02-12T16:45:36.246-06:00

This is a line that's increasingly heard in US drug ads.  How does that work, exactly?  Do doctors have some sort of allergy test for such drugs?  Are people asking their doctors to prescribe drugs they already know they're allergic to?  Or it just a general legal CYA for the drug companies in case people are hurt by such allergic reactions?  "Hey, we warned you not to take Zigsergon if you're allergic to it."(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, February 9, 2018.

2018-02-09T16:40:18.017-06:00

A small trickle down to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is 102.4 cents a litre at most locations.  With the price of oil dropping a bit lately hopefully gas prices will also continue to go down.(image)



Scam Month?

2018-02-04T15:59:13.176-06:00

Weird.  3 different scam e-mails have turned up in my e-mail spam folder since yesterday.  Is February International Scam Month?  At least there is some variety.  One claims to be from the UN, one claims to be from a US Army Sergeant in Afghanistan, and one from a DHL courier.  The DHL courier wants to give me a 5.4 million dollar "ATM VISA CARD."  Too bad, I don't have $245 handy at the moment to send them for the airport fee.(image)



Needs More Optimuming.

2018-02-02T18:15:21.047-06:00

Yesterday saw the beginning of the PC Optimum loyalty program.  It unites the previous loyalty programs of Loblaws brands, such as PC Points and Shoppers Optimum Points, into a single program.  But the software still needs some tinkering.  Not surprisingly there were a few glitches yesterday, but some of them seem to have continued into today.  I went to Real Canadian Superstore on 8th Street to pick up a couple of things.  When I was paying I whipped out my shiny new PC Optimum card, which I picked up yesterday.  But instead of giving me a new point total for my account the bill stated my balance was unavailable, and "Your account will be updated within 24 hours."  Oops.

It's not that much of a surprise though.  The various brands owned by Loblaws have a giant customer pool.  For example Shoppers Drug Mart has more than 1300 stores across the country.  So a lot of people have been replacing their existing loyalty cards and starting new accounts since early yesterday.  The strain on the system will be considerable.  (image)



Gas In Saskatoon, January 26, 2018.

2018-01-26T22:14:02.333-06:00

Back down we go.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 104.9 cents a litre at most locations.  So given the way things have been going of late that probably means a big price jump sometime next week.(image)



Snow Returns.

2018-01-26T07:51:12.802-06:00

No, the snow didn't go completely away.  But warm temperatures before Christmas saw lots of it melt, resulting in lots of bare patches.  But now it has returned, with quite a bit falling since last night.  It now looks more like a typical January out there instead of March.  The current forecast calls for snow or a chance of snow into Tuesday.   So if you live in Saskatoon I hope you didn't misplace your shovel or snow blower.(image)



Buzzed.

2018-01-24T13:52:35.153-06:00

As you may have heard there was a claim recently that Donald Trump drinks up to a 12 pack of Diet Coke a day.  That's a lot of caffeine.  How much?  Online sources, including Coca Cola itself, state Diet Coke contains 46 milligrams of caffeine per 355 millilitres/12 ounces.(Oddly standard Coke and Coke Zero only contain 34 milligrams a can.)  So 12 cans would contain 552 milligrams of caffeine.  Trump supposedly drinks little or no coffee, but that's still a lot of caffeine.

Health Canada suggests the average adult can consume 400 milligrams of caffeine without adverse effects, but suggests not exceeding that limit.  But even that presumably will give most of us a good buzz.  Trump drinks perhaps 150 milligrams more than that.  So there might be a good reason he tweets a lot in the early morning.  The caffeine keeps him awake.  (image)



Uncola-ish.

2018-01-22T13:19:35.899-06:00

This morning I skipped the familiar Coke Zero and Diet Pepsi to buy a Zevia sugar free cola.  I'd seen them before and finally decided to try one.  A can costs 99 cents plus tax and deposit at Sobeys.   

Even before you drink it you'll notice it's clear.  It doesn't contain colouring like a conventional cola.  When I drank it to me it didn't taste that much like a cola either.  Frankly it tasted closer to slightly flat Sprite.

Zevia uses stevia leaf, which has become increasingly common as a sweetener in North America over the last decade.  Perhaps this has something to do with the taste.  A while ago my dad bought a can of Coke Life, which is sweetened with a mixture of stevia and sugar.  He thought it tasted more like ginger ale than Coke.  On the other hand it may simply be the taste profile Zevia decided to go for.

I probably won't be buying any again anytime soon.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, January 19, 2018.

2018-01-19T20:43:54.002-06:00

Today was not a good day to fill your tank in Saskatoon.  Prices jumped to 111.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Yesterday the typical price was 103.4 cents a litre.  Yep, an 8 and a half cent jump from one day to the next.  (image)



"Free The Arm!"

2018-01-18T18:43:56.950-06:00

That's what I joked I should shout at Saskatoon's Holy Family Cathedral.  The reason?  The severed arm of Catholic Saint Francis Xavier is on tour, and it made a stop today at Holy Family.  Touring a long dead man's arm like that seems foolish and kind of ghoulish to me.  And as always with supposed relics there's the obvious question of whether it actually is what it is claimed to be.  (image)



I Now Have A Tumblr Account.

2018-01-17T07:59:56.711-06:00

I didn't want a Tumblr account.  I'm not a fan of their user interface, and I have too many accounts at too many places as it is.  But you can't avoid it these days, and some pages aren't visible unless you have an account.  I even gave myself a user name that sounds like some angsty kid, instead of a sad middle aged person.  I won't reveal it right now, and perhaps never, to save you the bother of taking a look at a blank page.

But Facebook and Twitter?  You won't be getting your grubby little digital hands on me.

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Gas In Saskatoon, January 12, 2018.

2018-01-12T15:09:43.001-06:00

The confusing price changes continue.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 107.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Good luck trying to guess where it will go next.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, January 5, 2018.

2018-01-05T18:39:38.033-06:00

Our first entry for 2018 unfortunately sees the price of gas go up.  It is now 112.9 cents a litre at most locations.  And we can apparently expect higher prices as the year goes on.(image)



Nice First Hit.

2018-01-04T13:54:00.504-06:00

I've received my first Where's Willy hit of the year, and it's a good one.  A bill I entered back in September of 2016 has turned up in Montreal.  I don't know when my last Quebec hit was, but it's been a while.  It's my sixth hit in Montreal.  Hopefully being in a big place like that will result in it getting a re-hit or ten.(image)



Respite.

2018-01-02T07:49:13.442-06:00

When I woke up yesterday the temperature was around minus 30.  This morning it was minus 12.  18 degrees warmer is much better.  The high temperature this week is projected to be minus 5 on Friday.  Hopefully daytime highs below minus 20 will stay away for the rest of the winter.  But don't count on it.(image)



Welcome To 2018.

2018-01-01T00:14:10.990-06:00

Well, we made it.  Into another year we go.  2017 wasn't the greatest year for me, but it could have been worse, and no doubt 2017 was worse for some of you reading this.  So here's hoping 2018 proves to be a better year for us all.

And if you're some evil creep I hope you get a flash of insight and stop being an evil creep in the year to come.(image)



Bulky.

2017-12-31T09:56:05.245-06:00

I don't know how long it had been since I last weighed myself, but I decided it was well past due this morning.  I wasn't surprised that I've put on some weight, but not as much as I thought.  I'm planning on cutting down on some of my unnecessary eating in 2018, but I've still got some Christmas goodies around to munch on.  (image)



The Right One.

2017-12-30T12:03:42.732-06:00

I entered my last bill of the year into Where's Willy this morning.  Appropriately it was a 2017 $10.  They were issued in 2017 as part of the commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday.  So far I've entered 27 bills from this series, and have 2 hits on them.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, December 29, 2017.

2017-12-29T16:32:38.202-06:00

The last entry of the year sees some price relief.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 107.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Will the first price change of 2018 be down or up?  Stay tuned.(image)



Don't Freeze.

2017-12-25T18:04:02.133-06:00

Seriously, if you're in Saskatoon don't be one of those mindless sheep who has to be at Bestbuy for its 6 AM opening.  No piece of consumer junk is worth freezing your butt off for hours on end at minus 30.  And I'm sure someone is getting ready to get in line even as I write this, so they can be first.(image)



That Smell.

2017-12-25T13:44:19.082-06:00

No, not the Lynyrd Skynyrd tune.  Rather the lovely smell of turkey is getting stronger.  It's nice to have turkey for Christmas.  So, I might be making you hungry.  On the other hand if you don't like eating creatures I might be making you less hungry.(image)



Amazing.

2017-12-25T12:59:13.484-06:00

A Fight Network ad break that doesn't include a Dr. Ho pain relief ad.

Yes, I've been watching Fight Network a lot the last while.(image)



Last Presents.

2017-12-25T11:10:26.554-06:00

For Christmas my mom gave me a t shirt and a pair of pants purchased at Sears.  These will be the last gifts I received that were purchased at Sears, as Sears Canada is going out of business, the stores currently well into their final liquidation sales.  Back in December of 2014 I mused whether that might be Sears last Christmas in Canada.  I was only off by three years.  Yet another victim of the changing retail market.(image)



Mocking The Clickbait 11: Wanna Date?

2017-12-25T10:09:19.977-06:00

5 Psychological Traits of EliteSingles Men.

My guess is that one of them is that they're arrogant enough to think they're an "EliteSingle," but I doubt that's one of the ones they list.  It's generally not a good idea to insult your customers.(Unless of course you're trying to sell something to specific people who like that kind of thing.)(image)