Thursday, April 30, 2009

Today's Animals

Thanks Margaret W.

E-mail Address

Hello Folks,

It seems that sbcglobal is blocking E-mails from Videotron. I have spent hours on the phone with them and all I get is the run around. I have added a second E-mail address to our blog in the left sidebar.

It is a yahoo.com address that come direct to my normal E-mail box. I hope I can get this resolved so in the meantime Videotron customers should use the yahoo address.

Thanks for you understanding.

MN

Doug's Virtual Trip is Appreciated

Hi Marty,

 I would just like to give a big shout out to Doug.... "BRAVO DOUG".... I am just loving his photo's and anecdotes about his Great Canadian Adventure.... wish I had the intestinal fortitude to mount my fat Uhhh... behind on a bike, if I could find one that did't have a weight limit, and travel the country. The roads less traveled are always the best adventures. Pat and I did the same thing in England, by car though. What a blast.

Carry on Doug

--

Bob Hawkins

Thanks Bob

No Mountain in Lake Louise


HI MARTY,

 THIS A TOUCHING STORY, OF COURSE I DID NOT FIND TIBET OR THE MOUNTAIN IN THE BOTTOM OF  LAKE LOUISE, BUT LOUISE FOUND THIS CUTE ABANDONNED LITTLE BOY, NEAR THE LAKE WHAT A SHAME TO DO THAT. YOU KNOW WHAT THIS CUTE LITTLE BOY SAID, HE WANTS TO BECOME A MONK, WHEN HE GROWS UP. MARTY LOUISE AND I WHERE CRYING IT WAS SO TOUCHING TO HEAR THAT FROM AN ABANDONNED LITTLE BOY.

 THANKS MARTY

 NORMAND SIMARD.

 PS I HAVE TO LEAVE YOU MARTY  WE ARE TAKING THE POOR  LITTLE BOY, TO THE LAKE LOUISE DAIRY QUEEN.

Thanks Normand

Mobile Phones

THINGS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW YOUR MOBILE PHONE COULD

 DO

 

> This is brilliant, everyone should have a copy of this email in their

> car

>  There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies.

> Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for

> survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

> FIRST Emergency

>

> The Emergency Number worldwide for   Mobile  is 112. If you find

> yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is

> an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network

> to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number

>

> 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

>

> SECOND Have you locked your keys in the car?

>

> Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday.

>

> Good reason to own a cell

 phone: If you lock your keys in the car and

> the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone

> from your cell phone.

>

> Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person

>

> at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone

> on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to

> drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of

> miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other

'remote' for

> your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

> Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car

> over a mobile phone!'

>

> THIRD Hidden            Battery  Power

>

> Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys

> *3370# Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument

> will show a

 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when

> you charge your mobile next time.

>

> FOURTH How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

>

> To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following

digits

> on your phone: * # 0 6 #

> A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your

>

> handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get

> stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code.

> They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief

> changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably

> won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it

> can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no

> point in people stealing mobile phones.

>

> ATM - PIN Number Reversal - Good to Know

> 

 

>

> If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM

> machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN # in reverse.

> For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. The

>

> ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM

> card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the

> money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be

> immediately dispatched to the location. This information was recently

> broadcast on CTV by Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because

> people just don't know about it. Please pass this along to everyone.

>

>

> This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass

it

> on to your family and friends

Thanks James B.

I didn’t check these claims out so do your own checking on these claims.

What's This Bird??


HI MARTY,

 

HERE IS AN APPLICATION FOR YOUR ANIMAL OF THE DAY, THEY ARE  PRESIDENTIAL BIRDS JUST BORN RIGHT  NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE. IN FRENCH WE CALL THEM MERLE D'AMÉRIQUE. NOW IN ENGLISH I AM NOT SURE IF IT IS ROBIN OR BLACKBIRD, I KNOW THERE ARE BIRD WATCHERS ON THE BLOG. MAYBE COULD HELP US. ALSO LOOK AT THE APPETISING WORM, WHAT KIND, NO PROBLEM FOR OUR COMPUTERS I CHECKED IT OUT, I THINK.

 

THANKS MARTY

 

NORMAND SIMARD

 

PS AFTER THE DOG WE HAVE PRESIDENTIAL BIRDS WHAT NEXT ????

Thanks Normand

Tidbits of Humor

 

I was in the express lane at the store quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries.

Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward looked into the cart and asked sweetly, 'So which six items would you like to buy?'

 

Wouldn't it be great if that happened more often?

 

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Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45-minute wait for a table. 'Young man, we're both 90 years old, ' the husband said . 'We may not have 45 minutes.' They were seated immediately.

 

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The reason congressmen try so hard to get re-elected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they've passed.

 

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 All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly. As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.

 

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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

 

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 Three friends from the local congregation were asked, 'When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?'

Artie said: ' I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.'

 

Eugene commented: 'I would like them to say I was a

wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives..'

 

Al said: 'I'd like them to say, 'Look, he's moving!'

 

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Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord... 'God, what does a million years mean to you?'

The Lord replies, 'A minute.'

Smith asks, 'And what does a million dollars mean to you?' The Lord replies, 'A penny.'

 

'Smith asks, 'Can I have a penny?'

'The Lord replies, 'In a minute.'

 

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A man goes to a shrink and says, 'Doctor, my wife is unfaithful to me. Every evening, she goes to Larry's bar and picks up men. In fact, she sleeps with anybody who asks her! I'm going crazy. What do you think I should do?'

'Relax,' says the Doctor, 'take a deep breath and calm down. Now, tell me, exactly where is Larry's bar?'

 

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John was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully.

'Give me one last request, dear,' he said.

'Of course, John,' his wife said softly..

'Six months after I die,' he said, 'I want you to marry Bob.'

'But I thought you hated Bob,' she said.

With his last breath John said, 'I do!'

 

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A man goes to see the Rabbi. 'Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.' The Rabbi asked, 'What's wrong?'

The man replied, 'My wife is poisoning me.'

The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, 'How can that be?'

The man then pleads, 'I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me, what should I do?'

The Rabbi then offers, 'Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know.'

A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says, 'Well, I spoke to your wife. I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?'

The man said yes and the Rabbi replied, 'Take the poison'

Thanks Barry & Louise D.



Thanks Penny F.

The Simard Dairies




April 29th, 2009

 Dear Diary,

 We are in India now. Father Bob was right it is easier to get to Tibet through India. A very funny thing happened when we visited a temple here in India. The old man in the picture smoking is the brother of the old man in Montreal. I guess that is why he knew the direction to Tibet. The nice lady at the other temple was kind enough to give us a map. In the picture of the map I have shown my route. I will start up the Friendship Highway to Lhasa and from there we will take the Tibet Highway to Buddha Bob's Temple. The kind lady at the temple in India said it would be better to travel by Yak. The lady said that the best place to rent a Yak was from Sintindar Singh's RENT-A-YAK and Llama Farm.

 

--

Normand S

 

PS No PS Marty

Thanks Father Bob

 

Crab Migration



Thanks Barry & Louise D.

WW ll Story



Great True Story

    Look  carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is - one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up. It was ready to fall out of the sky. Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it.  Now read the story below.

 

 

 Charlie  Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th  Bomber Group at Kimbolton,   England . His B-17  was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state,  having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory  instead of heading home to  Kimbolton.

 After  flying over an enemy airfield, a German pilot named  Franz Steigler was ordered to take off and shoot down  the B-17. When he got near the B-17, he could not  believe his eyes. In his words, he 'had never seen a  plane in such a bad state'. The tail and rear section  was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. The top gunner was all over the top of the fuselage. The nose was smashed and there were holes  everywhere.

   Despite having ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17  and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained  plane.

   Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and  guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards

England. He then  saluted Charlie Brown and turned away, back to Europe .

   When Franz landed he told the CO that the plane had been shot down over the sea, and never told the truth to anybody. Charlie Brown and the remains of his crew told all at their briefing, but were ordered never to talk about

 it.  

  More  than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of  research, Franz was found. He had never talked about the  incident, not even at post-war reunions.

   They met in the USA at a 379th Bomber Group reunion, together

with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz never fired his guns that day.

 

 

Research shows that Charlie Brown  lived in Seattle and Franz Steigler had moved to Vancouver , BC after the war. When they finally met they discovered they had lived less than 200 miles apart for the past 50 years.

   

 

 

  THIS  WAS BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN THERE WAS HONOR IN BEING A

 WARRIOR...THEY PROUDLY WORE UNIFORMS, AND THEY  DIDN'T HIDE IN AMBUSH INSIDE A MOSQUE, OR BEHIND WOMEN  AND CHILDREN, NOR DID THEY DID USE MENTALLY  RETARDED WOMEN AS SUICIDE BOMBERS TO TARGET AND KILL  INNOCENT CIVILIANS......HOW TIMES HAVE  CHANGED.....

Thanks Bud W.

 

Before and After on Devonshire Rd






Hey Marston,

 

Devonshire Rd.

Look what I found,a couple of house pic's ,same house,

before & after--before dad had it bricked & after it was bricked,

what a difference,it looked so much nicer.

 

Cheers, Millie

Thanks Millie McG.

Homes around GPK






Marty,

 Here is a fifth group of five, all taken on Greenfield Ave. #8928 was taken in the back yard of the old Jupp house. It must be Greenfield Park's only lake.

 John R.

Thanks John

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Today's Animal

Thanks Margaret W.

Hat to GPK Virtual Trip






HI Marston

 

Can you believe it? Another major snowstorm? This one dropped 75 cms or 30 inches of snow tonight all the way from Pincher Creek to Wild Horse.. It all came out of the states courtesy of the State of Montana. Actually I think we sent them this sort of weather about 2 weeks ago.  Right about this time of spring, they get fed up with it and send it back...

 

Well on the road, I met another Photo artist by the name of Chris Attrell. He has a web site where Ghost town buffs can post their pictures. He gave me permission to copy some to the blog and here they are.  http://www.ghosttownscanada.ca   There are many, many ghost towns on this route. for instance Scotsguard.  These towns were spawned by the railway and this one was really colourful. By 1915 it had restaurants, dance hall, hotel, pool hall, and even a theatre. In fact it earned the name of " Little Chicago" because of the many gambling and booze joints. It was all kept under control by a lone policeman by the name of Luke Willy. Wiley Willey could stop a man in his tracks by shouting" Stop, in the name of the Law” Didn’t do a lot of good because during the roaring twenties when prohibition was in force, bootleggers and rum runners flourished.  In Admiral, about 3 miles away, one of the current three and only residents, is quoted as saying " My Dad told me a story of one bootlegger ( no, that does not mean a legger with only one boot) who was reported to be a woman. One night the police raided her place but found her sick in bed. It wasn't until much later they found out that's where she hid her liquor"

 

The town was first called Notukeu, pronounced NOT-A CUE, but the pool and snooker oriented populace already knew it wasn't a cue and coupled with the fact there actually was a town called by that name in Saskatchewan, they changed it to Scotsguard. By 1941, the town had 6 grain elevators, a stockyard, three lumberyards, three hardware stores, 2 auto garages, a drug store, two grocery stores, an insurance office, 2 livery barns, three churches, a bank and an ice cream parlour.

 

Today that’s all gone.  Depression, drought, the world war which drew away all its youth and man power, and finally a fire that destroyed 11 building in 1941 have all combined to strip all these places of their former hope and aspirations.

Mr Hagen collects antique cars but his main passion is preserving the history of this town. He is replacing the street name signs and owns several building including the jail and the two sheet curling rink.

 

Traveling the back roads is the most amazing experience. It’s easy and a tragedy if we forget our history but its even worse to ignore or dismiss the vibrant lives of so many vibrant and colourful people that make up Canada today.

 

Cheers

Doug G

Thanks Doug

 

Where was this house before??



HI MARTY,

 

I WAS JUST KIDDING MARTY  ABOUT MORE AND MORE LEGION PICS I HAVE NO MORE SORRY. LET'S GET BACK TO BUSINESS, THIS HOUSE WAS MOVED CA 1961 TO 672 EVA, NOW WHERE WAS IT BEFORE ?????. ST-LAMBERT, GREENFIELD PARK, LAKE LOUISE, TIEBET,  TYBET OR TIBET.

 

THANKS MARTY

 

NORMAND SIMARD

 

PS MARTY IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO PUT THE PICS THAT MILLIE SENT  OF HER HOUSE ON  DEVONSHIRE BIGGER,, EVEN WHEN I CLICK ON THEM THEY ARE VERY  VERY SMALL.

 

Thanks Normand,

 

No problem I would do anything for an ex. Devonshire girl.

 

Thanks Normand

Looking For Tibet in all the Wrong Places


HI MARTY,

 

I AM SO CONFUSED, FIRST OF ALL, I THINK I SAW DOUG G. OUT WEST ON HIS BICYCLE NOW  MY LOUISE WANTS TO GO  AT THE BOTTOM OF LAKE LOUISE SHE SAYS THE TYBET MOUNTAIN IS THERE, MARTY, THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE I THINK.  COULD YOU  ASK FATHER BOB OR THE BUDDHA , FOR A MAP WHERE I COULD FIND THE TYBET OR TIBET OR  WHATEVER. I AM GETTING VERY TIRED OF ALL THIS. PUTTING ON A DIVING SUIT REALLY  SCARES ME, AND MAYBE RUNNING IN TO MONKS  UNDERWATER SCARES ME MORE. HELP PLEASE.

 

THANKS MARTY

 

NORMAND SIMARD

Thanks Normand

 

Strange Pics




Thanks Lou

Great Pictures from the Past




Marston.

These have been on the blog before but here are some pictures for Normand.

 

The first is May 24 circa 1957. with myself, Fred Goodall, Cliff

Naylor and you can just see Alf Davis behind Cliff standing in front

of our flammable creation on what was to be Homer St.

In the back ground is the Coots / Allen house on Campbell. Looks like

the telephone pole and trasformer are still there in 1957.

 

The other 2 are my sister, Linda walsh and June Naylor sitting on the

Miller St bridge with the Beck house on the left.

These are also about 1957.

 

Dave Walsh

Thanks David

Native Cigarettes


Hi Marty,

 

I saw my good friend Mr. Hemingway's note about the Gitane cigarettes. As I was driving to Ontario through Kahnawake, Father Bob said it was easier to get to Tibet if I went to India, I found a store that sold low price Gitane cigarettes. Well Marty I don't know if they are real. You buy a bag of 200 cigarettes for 10.00 dollars and you get a bundle of 10 Gitane packages free. You put the cigarettes in the package by hand. Maybe that is what the old man was smoking.

 

--

Normand S

 

PS Marty those are the wrong Indians. Did you know Marty spell check does not speak Mohawk Kahnawake was not there.

Thanks Bob

Nice Animal Video

WOW.....HARD TO TOP AN ADVENTURE SUCH AS THIS......Must have been quite an adrenaline rush for the "little" fellow.  All I can say is....Thank God for all the "MOTHERS" of the world.

 Turn up your sound.

I have no idea how this could possibly have been filmed, but it's one terrific video.

  CLICK below---                                                                

http://www.flixxy.com/game-of-survival.htm

Thanks Barry & Louise D.

 

 

High Tech Devices





Thanks Barry & Louise D.

Medical View Point

The Medical Profession Speaks out on the Financial Bail-Out Package

 The allergists voted to scratch it, and the dermatologists

advised not to make any rash moves.

 The gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about

it, but the neurologists thought the administration had

a lot of nerve, and the obstetricians felt they were all

laboring under a misconception.

 

 

The ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted;

the pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the

pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'

The psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness,

the radiologists could see right through it, and the

surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole

thing.

 

 

The internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow,

and the plastic surgeons said, "This puts a whole

new face on the matter."

 

 

The podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the

urologists felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.

 

The anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a

gas; and the cardiologists didn't have the heart to

say no.

 

 

In the end, the proctologists left the decision up to the assholes in Ottawa & Washington  !!!!!

Thanks Win S.

 

The Simard Dairies

April 27th 2009

 Dear Diary,

 This search for Tibet is very hard. I got an email today from Father Bob he said if I need the spelling of Tibet to find Tibet on the map that I should look on my sign "Greenfield Park to Tibet" bless you Father Bob you are very kind. Excuse me Marty I have to go buy a map now.

 

We are in Vancouver now Marty. People are very friendly here too. A group of young people invited us to a party in the park. Very happy young people Marty everybody smiling smoking very relaxed. Tell my friend Richard W the cigarettes here smell like the old mans Gitane cigarettes. Does he think they buy them from the same guy in Kahnawake?

 

--

Normand S

 

PS Marty I hope Father Bob lets me find the Temple of Buddha Bob soon I am running out of stories. Good to see that Richard W reads about my travels it makes me feel good to know that Father Bob and I am not the only one from Greenfield Park that does not have a life.

Thanks Bob

Ivan's New Office









DUE TO BUDGET CUTS, THIS IS YOUR NEW CUBICLE

Thanks Ivan R.

Homes around GPK






Marty,

 Here is a fourth group of five. The first were taken on St. Charles, then I walked into the Park from St. Charles. As you can see from one photo the baseball net protecting houses like Dave Main's from  foul balls is going to have to be fixed before softball season starts in a week or two. There are two photos of the new houses on Parent St. and the last one was taken on Greenfield at the corner of what is sometimes called "Little Empire".

 John R.

Thanks John