Bang Bang You’re Awake

A gunshot woke me up this morning at 5:30am. At least, it sounded like a gunshot. My bedroom wall faces my neighbor’s driveway, with about 20-25 feet separating our houses.

I got up and had a shower, thinking what I should do:

  • Check the basement under our bedroom: maybe the cat knocked something over.
  • Walk outside by the bedroom wall to see if anything could’ve caused the bang.
  • Check on my neighbor to see if they’re still alive.

The only thing I ended up doing was writing this post about it.

Maybe I dreamt it.


colorful pantsI bought two pants today (I felt compelled to write “two PAIRS of pants”. Why?) at Moores. I hate buying cloths, but my co-workers went there to buy a coat so I decided to wander around the place; and I am in need of new pants.

I wear 32″ waist, 30″ leg; however, the waist has gotten a tad snug; I no longer need a belt.

Anyway, that’s it. I just wanted to record my waist size here so I can check how it’s changed when I buy pants again in another five years.

Business In Newfoundland

newfoundland flagI’m headed to St. John’s, Newfoundland today for a business trip. My employer is a system integrator of an RFID proposal and I’m the Technical Architect; there’s a company in Newfoundland who specializes in RFID solutions, whom we may partner with.

Phillip’s picking me up at the airport. His big plans for me:

I kissed a cod long ago (when there were cod).

Dr Pepper’s Flavour

dr. pepperI bought a bottle of pop today, which I haven’t done in 20 or more years. I’ll drink a little pop if I’m eating pizza or similar fast food and it’s provided for me, but I never buy it – we never have it in the house; but today, while buying a bag of chips, I not only bought a bottle of pop but it was Dr. Pepper, which I haven’t had since 1980 or something. And it tastes the same.

This is written on the Dr. Pepper label:

Authentic blend of 23 flavours

I didn’t know that, and that raises the obvious question: what flavours? According to their website:

The formula for Dr. Pepper is proprietary information.

The Straight Dope partly addresses this in their Does the soft drink Dr Pepper contain prunes? article:

The Dr Pepper company denies cherry and kola flavorings. They also deny the other rumors that Dr Pepper now or ever contained prunes, black pepper, chili pepper, bell pepper, peppermint, or prune juice.

Tastes like pickled cherries to me.

Ode To Fred

fred and jahI’m taking our 14 year old cat (the black and white one) to the veterinarian in about an hour to be euthanized. She never was a friendly cat, but she’s become worse the past year: swiping at our other cat and anyone who gets to close to her; not using the litter box regularly; isolating herself from everything. She still has that growth on her leg, but it hasn’t gotten worse. We took her to the vet a few months ago about her behavior and they agreed – her behavior is probably due to age and who knows what’s growing in her.

Fred was never tolerant to people; not your ideal cat; however, she was our pet for 14 years. She’s more my wife’s pet than mine, but still, it’s hard.