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Some Ramblings from Mr. Gueguen



From my head to your computer.



Updated: 2017-12-11T07:54:21.265-06:00

 



No Endorsement Offer Forthcoming.

2017-12-11T07:54:21.346-06:00

It was reported over the weekend that Donald Trump, along with his already known overfondness for McDonalds food, drinks as much as a 12 pack of Diet Coke daily.  That's a lot of caffeine a day, which might explain his early morning Twitter blasts.  He probably doesn't sleep much, and might be edgy at times.  It's probably worse if he drinks any amount of coffee.  He probably has to make a lot of trips to the bathroom as well.

Even if he wasn't as unpopular as he is I doubt Coca Cola would be offering him an endorsement offer.  "The Drink of Presidents" might work if he drank a can or two a day, but not a dozen.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, December 8, 2017.

2017-12-08T16:05:03.098-06:00

So much for declining prices.  Gas in Saskatoon jumped to 106.9 cents a litre today.  Hopefully it won't go up more next week.(image)



Let's Buy The Blue Jays!

2017-12-07T08:30:21.392-06:00

In case you hadn't heard Rogers is thinking about selling the Toronto Blue Jays. If they actual do put it up for sale why don't we buy it?  I can probably put up a couple hundred bucks.  You've probably got a billion or two lying around, right?  Know someone who does?  Maybe we could start a GoFundMe page.  It can't be that hard to scrape together 2 billion dollars.

To be slightly more serious I wonder who would buy a Canadian market MLB team.  Perhaps Rogers Centre will be Loblaws Dome in a couple of years.  Or Jim Pattison Group could decide a baseball team would be a nice addition to its portfolio.(image)



I Want A Cut!

2017-12-05T07:59:58.572-06:00

This fall we've seen a couple of revivals of old TV series.  Back from the '70s is S.W.A.T.  The series has done well enough that it's been given a full season of episodes by CBS.  So if there's a market for '70s revivals here's my suggestion: Quincy, M.E., with Gilbert Gottfried as Quincy.  If you've ever seen the original you might guess why.  So if you read this, Gilbert, and go for it I want  a cut of the profits.(image)



Reverse From Expected.

2017-12-04T23:49:13.399-06:00

Tim Hortons dominates the take out coffee business in Canada.  There are more than 3500 outlets in Canada, and that number continues to grow.  So it's kind of odd to think of one shutting down, but that's exactly what happened to one of Saskatoon's Hortons.  Driving by on the weekend I noticed that the sign had been removed from the front of the store at 8th Street and Acadia Drive.  A visit this morning proved my suspicions were correct.  A small sign announced it was permanently closed as of December 1st, and there was someone who was removing chairs from the restaurant. 

This was one of the oldest Hortons locations in Saskatoon.  I'm not sure if it was the first, but it was definitely amongst the first.  In a way it's surprising it stayed around this long, as another Hortons is a short walk away at 8th Street and Moss.  The store was renovated a few years ago, but apparently that wasn't enough.  One of the disadvantages it had was that it had no drive through, unlike other stand alone Hortons.  The one on Moss Avenue does, meaning it generates a lot more revenue.  On the other hand I could imagine a Hortons kiosk going into the nearby Centre mall at some point, as it would be unlikely to steal customers from the 8th and Moss outlet.

At the moment the Tim Hortons website lists 26 Saskatoon stores, but one of those is the one that just closed.  (image)



Gas In Saskatoon, December 1, 2017.

2017-12-01T15:29:43.110-06:00

We've gone back below the dollar a litre mark.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 98.4 cents a litre at most stations.  Hopefully the downward trend will continue.(image)



Blogger Ate My Post.

2017-12-01T08:41:14.651-06:00

Never had that happen before.

Operator error?  What operator error?(image)



Rethink Your Priorities.

2017-11-29T18:12:20.974-06:00

I regularly watch Global's supper hour news, but there are times I wonder at their lineup editor.  The opening story tonight?  The firing of NBC TV personality Matt Lauer over sexual harassment and assault allegations.  Why was this the lead story on a Canadian newscast?  They didn't even have the excuse that Lauer's an expat Canadian, as are a number of US media personalities.  So why was this the opening story?  Why not the much more important story to Canadians, the appointment of Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada, replacing retiring Justice Beverley McLachlin?  I'm sure some Canadian celeb will turn out to be a creep in due order, and give them their required sleeze quotient.(image)



Good For 100,000 More Blinks.

2017-11-29T16:30:40.447-06:00

Yesterday I had an appointment with an ophthalmologist, as the optometrist who issued my new prescription thought my eye pressure was a bit high.  But the verdict was that I don't have anything to worry about in the near future, although I do have a very small risk of glaucoma due to family history.  Now if only I could be that sure about the rest of me.(image)



New Material.

2017-11-27T08:13:35.250-06:00

The rumours have finally been confirmed.  Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle will wed next year.  This should give the writers at the American tabloids new material to use to create clueless headlines.  I'm sure it won't be long before we see some variation on Queen Tells Tearful Kate, "Meghan Will Be Queen!"  Not that it works that way.  UK law determines the line of succession, which currently puts Harry in fifth place, after Prince Charles, Prince William, and William's children.  He'll be in sixth place next spring when the third child of William and the Duchess of Cambridge is born.  We're also sure to see more general headlines about infighting between Markle and her new in-laws, and ongoing rumours about whether she's pregnant or not.

Unfortunately you're also likely to see some really nasty headlines if you visit the nastier parts of the Internet and small press.  Markle's mother is African-American, which should get some racists foaming at the mouth.

Of course Harry's place in the line of succession may not matter.  If Charles is anything like his parents and grandmother he may end up being King into his 90s or later, and who knows what status the monarchy will have by then?

And if you were a fan of Markle's work, you're probably out of luck seeing any more.  I doubt she'll keep acting once she's married.(image)



Cheapskating.

2017-11-25T18:56:07.453-06:00

Today will be a day when I spend no money.  I honestly can't think of the last time that happened.  There always seems to be something to spend money on, even something like a donut or chocolate bar, especially on a Saturday.  If only I could  do this more often.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, November 24, 2017.

2017-11-24T18:53:32.949-06:00

The price of gas continues to creep down in Saskatoon.  It's now 101.4 cents a litre at most stations.  Hopefully it will drop below the dollar a litre mark in the next few days.(image)



The Look Is Gone.

2017-11-23T22:48:40.587-06:00

The other night I saw a drawing of a character that reminded me of Christina Applegate.  So I ended up looking at a few clips of Married With Children(or Married...with Children as some sources render it) on YouTube.  One thing that struck me was how it was a multi camera show filmed to video, a format that has disappeared from sitcoms, and the rest of North American scripted TV as well, other than the remaining US soaps.  In the '80s it was incredibly common, but looking at those clips in 2017 it was just one of the things that made them look dated.  Current productions all look like they're filmed now, whatever the actual equipment used to capture them is.   But I'm kind of surprised that I didn't notice the change, even though it happened a good while ago already.

Of course filming to video isn't completely gone.  It's still very common for reality TV, and shows like Saturday Night Live.   It still works for those formats, giving them the appearance of happening as we watch them.  I suppose sooner or later someone will try it with a sitcom again, but it will probably be used deliberately to make it look like a '70s or '80s sitcom.(image)



When I Rule The World 30.

2017-11-18T11:19:17.981-06:00

I will veto anyone wearing a cowboy hat I don't think should be.  So no more pictures from the Calgary Stampede of some politician or celebrity looking uncomfortable and/or ridiculous in a cowboy hat.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, Novenber 17, 2017.

2017-11-17T15:53:06.492-06:00

Another small trickle down to report.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 109.4 cents a litre at most locations.  But something tells me it will remain above the dollar a litre mark until the Christmas season is over.(image)



Mocking The Clickbait 10: You're From The Future!

2017-11-17T14:40:19.777-06:00

Jenna Jameson's Final Net Worth Left Us Without words.

So, what year are you from, and how did you time travel back to 2017?  In this time period Jenna Jameson is alive and well.  And apparently has fallen for a bunch of hard right bullshit.

(The headline being mocked actually was written with a small W in words, and is not something I did.)(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, November 10, 2017.

2017-11-10T16:05:10.613-06:00

A little bit of price relief to report after last week's big jump.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 113.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it will continue to drop, however slowly.(image)



Who Likes Vodka?

2017-11-07T14:23:21.633-06:00

Someone in my neighbourhood apparently.  I run into empty vodka bottles near my house every month or so, including several that have been dumped in pretty much the same place in one alley.  I assume it's some kid who goes into the local park to drink.

You won't catch me drinking booze of any sort.  I don't like the stuff.  And I don't write about it either, since this is the first post that will have an alcohol tag.

Addenda:  Having a shiny new tag I added it to some old posts that did mention booze.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, November 3, 2017.

2017-11-03T13:40:00.503-06:00

This was not a good week for Saskatoon drivers.  Gas in Saskatoon has jumped to 116.9 cents a litre at most locations.  It's been a good while since the price has been this high, and that big a jump in one week is not something most drivers were expecting.(image)



Where Did They Go?

2017-10-31T21:12:28.551-06:00

Weird.  Halloween was just about dead here.  We got a grand total of ten people come to the door, despite the porch light and kitchen table light being on.  Maybe the temperatures, around freezing, kept people away.  So now we have lots of candy left over to eat.

No, you can't have any.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, October 27, 2017.

2017-10-27T19:49:00.976-06:00

We're back up over the buck a litre mark.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 103.9 cents a litre at most locations.  However it was 105.9 cents a litre to start the week, so at least it's gone down a couple of cents.(image)



White.

2017-10-26T15:31:06.091-06:00

It snowed last night, so we began the day with snow on our lawns.  There wasn't enough snow to cause traffic problems, but enough to remind us winter is approaching.(image)



Gas In Saskatoon, October 20, 2017.

2017-10-20T14:05:51.593-06:00

This Friday there is no confusion.  Gas in Saskatoon is currently at 94.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Early in the week it broke the buck a litre mark at 101.9 cents a litre before falling back down to the current price.(image)



Google Knows My Birthday.

2017-10-18T15:05:34.795-06:00

When I brought up Google's main page today I found it has a banner for my birthday.  Click on it and it has a bunch of stuff about October 18th.

You really have to wonder what all Google knows about its users.  I can see why some people avoid any sort of social media involvement, and use things like proxies to hide their online activities.(image)



Shameless.

2017-10-16T20:15:43.802-06:00

I just saw a TV ad for Boeing on Sportsnet, saying how wonderful they are to Canada.  This comes after Boeing convinced the US Commerce Department to place 300 percent in tariffs on Bombardier's C Series jet airliner.  The C Series, which US airline Delta may order as many as 125 of, doesn't compete with any aircraft in Boeing's current airliner lineup.  Putting who knows how many Canadian jobs at risk, especially if Canada retaliates against Boeing products, doesn't seem very friendly.(image)