Monday, 24 September 2012

Happy Monday

One of the guys in the office just spilled coffee all over his crotch.  Nothing improves your mood on a Monday than having somebody else's day ruined.  Good times.

Thursday, 20 September 2012


I'm sure everybody has had enough detail about my ongoing dental issues but this is what is keeping me up at night so that's what I'm writing about. Yesterday was the first of three dentist visits over the next two weeks. This visit was for two fillings on the left side of my mouth.

Things started out okay. I once again cheered the advancement of topical anesthetic before jabbing me with the real needle. But then things quickly got medieval. The dental dam is not something I really remember from way back when I did go to the dentist somewhat regularly. But I wasn't shocked when they pulled it out. What was surprising was that this thing got clamped to my teeth right at the gum line with what seemed like a rusty set screw. Not enough freezing in that area cause that motherfucker hurt.

And then the drilling. The fine, high rpm drill that I remembered came first. And that wasn't so bad. I was actually thinking that maybe the fillings were going to be the real cake walk of all the procedures I'm facing. And then he changed up drills. This one was a low rpm grinder and it shook my entire skull. I assume its purpose is to roughen the surface of the tooth so the filling gets a better grip. The side effect of that implement is the nearly uncontrollable desire to tear that fucking dental dam of your face, push the dental assistant to the floor, and run that fucking drill through the dentist's scrotum.

I was seriously considering calling it quits right there. Massive holes in my teeth be damned. I stuck it out and eventually we got to the filling. For some reason I thought they would just goop some gunk in the hole and that would be that. My balls completely retracted when I heard the dentist say "Pass me the wedge". A WEDGE?!? What the fuck is going on in there? Sure enough he's jamming something in my mouth that's putting immense pressure on my teeth. I think he might have slipped a spreader bar and a couple vise grips in there as well.

The first tooth got filled without much incident. But the second tooth was quite the procedure. More wedges! And a lot of huffing and puffing and straining as the dentist was trying very hard to rearrange something in my mouth and mouth was just not cooperating. At one point they even had some floss out and it seemed like he was trying very hard to floss my teeth. I began to wonder about my dentist's credentials.

And then came two phrases that you never want to hear from your dentist:
1. I have never seen this before.
2. Well, now what do we do?

 Sweet Jesus Christmas. My leg started shaking and I officially started freaking out. Here I am with a mouth full of implements and contraptions and a dentist who doesn't know how to finish the job. Fuck. But they kept working away and eventually got the filling done. It was with no little amount of relief that they finally unclamped and removed the dental dam. And then my dentist is all smiles and "Alright, we're done here!".

Whoa, whoa, whoa. What was all that grunting and groaning and prayers for guidance on that second tooth?

Apparently he was trying to install some form for the filling and couldn't get it between two of the molars. He was sure that the teeth had somehow fused together but it turned out that the dental dam had somehow plugged up the works.

 Fantastic. Can't wait for the next two visits!

Monday, 17 September 2012


It seems like we just got back from the last Lockout in the NHL.  Sad.  Glad football is back.  Pretty good message in the video.  Hockey will be back.  And we'll all go back to watching it again.  But we don't have to buy their merchandise.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Gangnam Style

As usual, I'm a little late to this internet sensation.  I'd seen mention of "Gangnam Style" around the internet but didn't really care much to find out more about it.  So I was fooling around with the new youtube app on the PS3 and I thought I'd finally figure out what all the fuss was about.  And wow.  It's something else.  I couldn't stop laughing.  If you haven't seen it yet, here ya go!

Sunday, 9 September 2012


Our household is obligated to watch every new Jason Statham movie that comes out.  That is because one member of the household has Jason Statham on a certain list.  I hadn't heard of the movie Safe before this weekend but a quick imbd search showed that our expectations should be lowered to Battleship levels.

It started out looking like we were going to be in for a tough 90 minutes.  Bad editing, crappy sound, and the mood seemed a little forced.  But then the action started.  And that sets this movie apart.  The action is phenomenal and the camera work is truly unique.  I had a blast with this movie.

The action scenes were so exceptional I went back to IMDB to make a note of the director so that we could keep an eye out for future projects.  Boaz Yakin.  The only other thing he's directed that I'm aware of is Remember the Titans.  A very different kind of movie.  He's written some other screenplays though: Prince of Persia, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, The Rookie, The Punisher.  Yah, nothing there that I'd expect greatness from.  But he seems to have put it together for this movie.  Recommended.


Few things in life are certain.  But, until yesterday, I had one thing in my life that was an unassailable notion.  A rock solid theory I could turn to when I started to question other aspects of my life.  Before yesterday, I could say, without hesitation, that Ghost Rider is the worst movie I've ever seen in my life.

And then I watched Battleship.

I'm still pretty sure that Ghost Rider is the worse movie but I'm not 100% certain.  In order to regain that certainty I'd have to watch Ghost Rider a second time and I'm just not willing to subject myself to that.  I'll just have to learn to live with the uncertainty.

Battleship was a well publicized flop.  How could a movie ostensibly based on a Hasbro board game be anything but?  So why would I even bother watching it?  It's because I read one review, one review that said yes, it's a silly movie but it could be fun if you lower expectations to a dumb, action packed, summer type movie.

I will never trust this reviewer again.  There are obvious Michael Bay aspects to this train wreck but it somehow manages to be even stupider than any of the Transformers movies.  At its most dramatic moments I was either laughing out loud or shaking my fist and yelling at the screen.  The biggest offence to cinema was the casting of Rihanna as the tough as nails, weapons petty officer.  I buy her in that role as much as I buy Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist.  I guess Michelle Rodriguez was unavailable.

You can't help but feel bad for Taylor Kitsch.  In the same year, he starred in Battleship and John Carter.  I'm sure he was paid well but, man, that's gotta look bad on your resume.  I'm almost tempted to watch John Carter just to compare train wrecks.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Almost Ready For Some Football

Whoooo!  Football season has started!  And I watched maybe 15 minutes of the first game last night.  I would have watched more but I'm REALLY close to achieving 8th level prestige on Call of Duty.  So the geek in me won over the sports fan.  But I'm really looking forward to Sunday afternoon.  I expect to do some fishing in the morning and then some serious football watching in the afternoon.  That's what the fall season is all about!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


I've spent the last three weeks rewiring an old prototype vehicle and installing a new rad package.  There were many ups and many downs.  Blood was spilled and tears were shed but I eventually persevered.  There's definitely a sense of pride to putting something like that together and actually have it work.  But I'm even more proud of the fact that I didn't drop one single nut into the chassis of this vehicle.  It's a tight engine compartment and pretty much everything I was working with was an M6 fastener.  I was using extensions and swivel sockets and box end ratchets and most of it by feel.  And I didn't lose a single nut.  Even after I thought to myself "Wow I haven't dropped a single nut yet!" did I get a case of the fumbles.  Yes, when your back is aching, your feet are tired, you've skinned most of your knuckles, and your forearms look like hamburger meat, it's the small things that bring you joy.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


My aunt and uncle retired to Lake Placid, NY many years ago.  They built a beautiful custom home just up from Mirror Lake and they knew it was going to be a popular place for family to visit so they also included an apartment over their garage.  Jen and I were lucky enough to get invited down for the long weekend.

Now I love my aunt and uncle and I wouldn't dream of turning down such an invitation but man do I get the heebie jeebies when I go across the border into the states.  My paranoia runs rampant and my blood pressure shoots through the roof as I can feel the firearms surrounding me.  But I managed to tuck that all behind be as I got surrounded by more and more trees.

The Lake Placid area is beautiful.  Crowded on the last long weekend of the summer but undeniably beautiful.  We got to see some of the more impressive landmarks over our few days there.  Fantastic.  This was the road heading up Whiteface:

And the view of the road from the top.

Tough to really get the scale across but the view was spectacular.

And you know what else we saw up there?  A douchebag trying to take a picture of it all with his iPad!  Seriously?  You bring your 10" piece of electronics up a mountain to use it as a camera?  That is madness.

Then we check out the High Falls Gorge.  Another natural wonder made accessible to the general public.

Beautiful.  And guess what else we saw there?  Another friggin douchebag taking pictures with his friggin iPad!  Yes lets take our large awkward piece of glass out amongst the rocks and water to take pictures that will pale in picture quality to the cheapest point and shoot camera out there.

Lake Placid is a beautiful spot in the world and Jen and I had a great time but our visit did little to change my opinion of people in general.