September 20th, 2006

Bruce, Caroline

Early Start

Woke up in plenty of time to check my e-mail, reply to a few, and get downstairs in good time for my ride, which was also early. So I was sitting here at ten after seven already, ready to take on life, or at least to pretend to do so.

The cab that took me to work was one of those hybrid vehicles. They never cease to amaze me with their quietness.

So here we are, it's not even 7:30 yet, work doesn't start until 8:30. Kind of a neat feeling, all this time on my hands. On my own, I'm currently reading Very Good Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. I'm also going to be starting on Carry On, Jeeves by Ditto, which I can read in braille. It'll be another late night tonight.

Hmmm, anything else. The Bombers still suck. I've not been paying a lot of attention to them over the past few months. Whatever else may change in my life or unchange, I think my love affair with Canadian football may well be nearing its end.

I'm having a great time being a JAWS beta tester, but of course I can't say anything about that, so I won't, except to say that this is something I've wanted to do for years, and now I finally get the opportunity. Remind me to tell you about the royal runaround I got someday. For those among you with blindness loss, JAWS is the screen reader I use to navigate my computer.

And so ends this LJ update. Take care, everyone!
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    Bobby Rydell - Wild One
Bruce, Caroline

Cassette Labels

I've got what probably amount to several hundred braille cassette labels here. Anyone want them? They're in sheets of either six or eight, I can't remember which, two columns. The sheets have tractor-feed holes along the sides, but can also be used in a Perkins brailler. I never use tapes for anything any more, it seems. Bought a book on tape by accident, though, so I'll have to dust off the old tape deck for that.
Bruce, Caroline

The Fable of the Bunny and the Snake

My boss sent me this one, thought you might enjoy it too.

The Bunny & the Snake

Once upon a time, in a nice little forest, there lived an
orphaned bunny and an orphaned snake. By coincidence both were blind
from birth. One Day, the bunny was hopping through the forest and
tripped over the snake and fell down.

"Oh, my," said the bunny, "I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to
hurt you. I've been blind since birth and can't see where I'm going. In
fact, since I'm also an orphan, I don't even know what I am."

"That's ok," replied the snake. "Actually, I too, have been
blind since birth, and also never knew my mother. Tell you what, maybe I
could slither all over you, and figure out what you are so you'll know.

That would be wonderful" replied the bunny.

So the snake slithered all over the bunny, and said, "Well,
you're covered with soft fur, you have really long ears, your nose
twitches, and you have a soft cottony tail. I'd say that you must be a
bunny rabbit."

"Oh, thank you, thank you," cried the bunny, in obvious
excitement. The bunny suggested to the snake, "Maybe I could feel you
all over with my paw, and help you the same way that you've helped me."

So the bunny felt the snake all over, and remarked, "Well,
you're smooth and slippery, and you have a forked tongue, no backbone
and no balls. I'd say you must be a team leader, a supervisor or
possibly someone in senior management.
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Bruce, Caroline

I Pity Americans

Finally, Corner Gas has returned, and these guys haven't lost their touch. It was so fun on Monday when, thanks to that passing fad, the Internet, funblindsinger and I were able to watch the first episode of season 4 together. We'd been planning on this for over a month, and the whole thing went off without a hitch.

I feel sorry for the average American, who has never seen this series to end all series. A decent Canadian TV show is a rarity indeed, let alone something as more-than-decent as Corner Gas. You, my dear American friends, are living in a great country. It's the most powerful country on the planet, filled with some of the most wonderful people on the planet, it just seems so unfair that you have, at the moment, to be denied this series of televisic fantasticitude.

But take heart. Last I heard, they were trying to sell the show in America, so there may be hope yet. You, too, may someday be able to enjoy Corner Gas, even as we lucky Canadians now can.
  • Current Music
    Corner Gas Theme
Bruce, Caroline

Toews on the Waves: The Unfinished Show

Back in August, before Toews on the Waves took its current little break, I'd started recording a show, and I gave up about half an hour into it. The show was never finished and I'm not going to use what I have, because I have other ideas for when I get back at it in November. But, not being one to waste what I'd already done, which really does sound good, I thought I'd make it available to anyone wanting to hear it. For those of you who like comedy, there's quite a bit of it in this installment. Lots of great oldies too. You can get it here.
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