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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Huge orange flying boat rises off a lake / Thousand-year-old petroglyphs doing a double take / Pointing a finger at eternity / I'm sitting in the middle of this ecstasy
— Bruce Cockburn, Wondering Where the Lions Are
January 29, 2005

california



having just got back from california, fond memories of things i’ve only seen once came back into my head.

these amazing, knotted, twisting trees haunt my memories. i was fortunate enough to spend one night camping in their midst, and it was awe inspiring.

i’ll be back soon, i’m just not quite sure how.

Posted by skooter at 9:23 PM This entry is filed under Travel.

January 23, 2005

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson, on stage I was kind of kidding about Kojak, but now Carson? That’s right up there with Jim Henson.

I cried when Jim Henson died. It was like this sweet little innocent piece of my childhood got taken away from me.

I didn’t cry, but Johnny Carson had almost the same kind of influence.

Continue reading "Johnny Carson"

Posted by skooter at 7:58 PM | Comments This entry is filed under Friends.
Tags: Comedy, Obituaries, Television, Tonight Show

January 22, 2005

Kojak - the world has been lost without you.

Yesterday was Telly Savalas’ birthday and today marks the 10th anniversary of his death.

And you were wondering why there’s nothing good to watch on TV anymore?

Posted by skooter at 10:37 AM This entry is filed under Inanities.
Tags: Obituaries, Television

January 21, 2005

stephen harper & the house of commons

A while ago - about 8 months - I did an interview on national television and said that I supported Stephen Harper for Prime Minister because I thought that he was the smartest guy in the house. At the time I believed it.

Now this guy is actively campaiagning against same sex marriage. What the hell was I thinking?

Continue reading "stephen harper & the house of commons"

Posted by skooter at 8:01 AM This entry is filed under Politics.
Tags: Conservative Party of Canada, Politics, Stephen Harper

January 16, 2005

Snow is disappearing in Vancouver

The snow that’s been blanketing this city for a while is gradually disappearing, with out temperatures returning to more seasonable norms around here. 2 degrees today, and a forecast of 4 degrees for basically the rest of the week.

This means lovely scenes like this are disappearing, and who knows when next it’ll happen.
Point Grey Secondary

Posted by skooter at 11:35 AM This entry is filed under Vancouver.
Tags: Snow, Weather

January 11, 2005

happiest news

With this note:

It is a boy 7lb 2oz Hayden Thomas Rogers

one of my best friends is now a grandfather for the second time.

Posted by skooter at 12:50 PM This entry is filed under Friends.
Tags: Babies, Family, Friends

January 10, 2005

the fight goes on

The infidels in the media are crowing about the victory of Mahmoud Abbas; this is premature.

While Mr. Abbas may be leading the campaign, it was a campaign of corruption; our team will be working to expose the corruption and lies for what they are, and we still expect to be leading the people of Palestine into the next generation.

Only then can we move forward, not backward as the media is saying we have now done.

This fight is not yet over; we will yet snatch victory from the apparent arms of defeat.

Posted by skooter at 11:13 AM This entry is filed under Politics.
Tags: Middle East, PLO

January 8, 2005

What hope is there?

First Uman and Ethan, and now this:

Pitt and Aniston amicably split
Last Updated Sat, 08 Jan 2005 09:44:58 EST
CBC Arts
LOS ANGELES - Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and publicized couples announced they are formally separating, Pitt’s publicist confirmed Friday.

This, of course, leads to the obvious question: if Jen & Brad can’t make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us?

And without hope, what next?

Posted by skooter at 10:56 PM This entry is filed under Entertainment.
Tags: Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston

January 6, 2005

It’s snowing in Vancouver

What a weird, wonderful city this is when it snows. A few days ago I woke up with a few inches of snow on my car, and it all disappeared.

Today, there’s a “snow warning”; I’m not sure exactly what qualifies this as a “snow warning” day, but someone, somewher has declared it so it must be true.

People like to joke about Vancouver drivers in the snow compared to Ontario drivers. Lemme tell you - I’ve done both (and quite a bit of the latter) and I’d rather be driving in Ontario. It’s not that people don’t know how to drive out here though…the snow here is slick and slippery and the hills are steep.

Better hope that ABS system works: you’ll need it.

Me? I’m letting Translink do the driving.

But this morning - what a beautiful day. I woke up just before 6 in the morning and popped right out of bed to take the dog for a walk. I love the sound of snowflakes falling on your head; this is the sort of almost non-existent sound that’s astonishing when you experience it. These types of noises are the pleasures that should be held onto, lest they disappear from life for unpredictable reasons.

Today I’m going to play in the snow a little, in the city where it never snows. It’s gonna be fun.

Posted by skooter at 7:07 AM | Comments This entry is filed under Vancouver.

January 4, 2005

I love tires; tires are great.

From today’s New York Times:

THE first automobile to use air-filled tires was a racecar built by AndrĂ© and Édouard Michelin in the early 1890’s. More than a century later, the French company founded by the Michelin brothers is so identified with pneumatic tires that its mascot, Bibendum, is a man made of little else.

Who knew the guy had a name?

Posted by skooter at 7:49 PM This entry is filed under Inanities.