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happy Birthday To Me

hi friends. Well, last Thursday was my birthday and I’m a year older but I’m not sure if I am any wiser. I’m still the same person inside and out, with all my flaws and my strengths intact.
most years I look forward to a birthday, in the hopes of something big happening, as far as receiving something just because. Well, it does not always happen but I’m not really that upset because, I don’t really expect anything big these days. after all, I am now 43 but I still feel like a kid inside and I sometimes do things that are to my detriment. I won’t get into my flaws here because this is not the post to do that. If I wanted to do that to myself with the entire world reading it I would be crazy and that, I am not. I am much more levelheaded and I try to think about things before I do them as best I can.
do I have any goals for the next year? Well, I have no goals whatsoever. To set them would be impossible because years ago I wanted to do things that were almost impossible for me to do in school but I couldn’t do the back then. For example: I was so jealous of people getting high marks on their tests so once I actually wrote down I want to get a 99% mark on everything. I don’t remember exactly what I said but it was something to that effect. I actually came close to that when I passed my amateur radio exam with a 93% mark. If you were not a ham radio operator this will mean nothing to you. However if you are, you know that in Canada this allows you to get on all bands, without Morse code privileges. Basically, your license lists you as basic with honors. Really, that’s all I really wanted and I’m happy with it.
so what’s in store for me this year? Well, who’s to say but I can say that things will go along much the same. If things change they change and I’m not going to worry about it too much, unless it is a real drastic one. right now I’m just looking forward to the summer and hopefully that brings much the same type of weather we had last year in southern Ontario. I can’t wait to go out a lot more often and be with people. I guess the only thing I’m looking forward to trying to do is to find someone in my life who will be with me, whom I could eventually come home to and who will love me for all my faults and my strengths. I have tried out the Tinder app but I’ve been unsuccessful so far in finding somebody who actually will stick around with me long enough to actually chat and maybe even meet for coffee. i’ve had people who matched up with me who just said hello and that’s it. Some have even chatted with me but that’s as far as it went. I will not give up though and I will stick around with the app and keep trying, until I find my match. i’m sure that she is out there and we will find each other one day when we least expect it.
well, I know this post is kind of disjointed but that’s all I could think of today. talk to you next time.

Annual Blog Review For 2015

Hi folks. This is the annual blog review, for 2015. This year I have continued my Simpsons Sunday posts and the Weather Wednesday posts have also continued, until recently. This is because I haven’t had much to write about on this topic.

In my Simpsons posts I have discussed recent episodes that have aired at the time. Another thing I have continued to do is talk about characters within episodes. One of them is Kevin, who is a blind boy who appeared in the Season 21 episode Stealing First Base. I like how the writers have been respectful to the blind community as they could, but also playing up that this is a comedy. One thing I don’t understand is why the entertainment industry feels the need to have blind people touch the face, in order to recognize people. I don’t blame anyone from The Simpsons for this though. I highlight this because I am also blind from birth.

. Something else I have mentioned throughout this year and once last year was the stories written by fans, based on The Simpsons. I have read a few complete and partial stories this year and I must admit, the fans have a great imagination. Some have even created their own characters and used existing stories from episodes as a basis for their own story. One story involves Lisa and Nelson becoming a couple again, while Bart finds a new girlfriend. No, it’s not any of the girls we know of and it’s a new character created by the author.

I have even found some Sideshow Bob based episodes in which he wishes to make amends with Bart and in one episode, Bart dies from illness. If you would like the links to them, just let me know and I’ll send you the links.

I have even dabbled in some writing in the past couple of years too and my stories are based on blindness. One has Homer going blind because of a work related accident and Bart just goes blind out of the blue. They are their own plots and I haven’t completed either one of them yet but hope to at some point. I am using existing characters in my stories except for my Krusty one, where I create a character based on me. It involves Krusty’s father and was written before he was killed off in 2014. I may change it but I’m not sure yet. I’m not really sure if I will include the stories in the blog but I’ll have to think about it. Oh, my Krusty story does not mention blindness but involves Krusty retiring, again.

I can’t forget about the people who have also been a part of the history of The Simpsons from 1989 to present day, who have passed away this year. In particular, Sam Simon in March and Alex Rocco in July. I have written posts acknowledging the passing of both these two men and their contributions to the show. If you’d like to read them, check out the archives for either March or July.

Another thing I have also done is commented on recent events such as iOS 9 and new album reviews. I have published 2 such reviews this year on new albums by Disturbed and Queen. Thankfully the Disturbed album debuted at No. 1 as I had hoped. Another previous album I reviewed .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot also debuted at the top spot on the album charts. I wish I could take credit for this but I don’t have proof that my post had any impact on this.

I have also been writing about things such as: how the new music release day has changed from Tuesday to Friday. I think it is a win win for everyone, if everyone cooporates with each other. This post did not appear in this blog and was a guest post in another blog by Alan Cross. Here is the link to it. http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/guest-blog-new-music-fridays-is-a-good-idea/

If you have followed Alan on Twitter, you will have noticed that my 2 previous album reviews I mentioned earlier have also appeared in the blog as links to this one.

Another thing I have continued to do from time to time, is write about random things that have been on my mind. One such point of discussion was my dream about the school bus. I have yet to ride on one and well, hopefully I get to soon.

This year I took a further dip into the iTunes waters and besides the bands and albums I have reviewed in the past 2 years of the blog, I have managed to collect the entire essential albums from The Beatles. I have some other albums to purchase and I will have all the songs.

My favourite period of their Development is from 1966 onward and especially The Beatles (White Album) and Abbey Road. Don’t get me started on Let It Be, because I don’t like it except for a few songs And moments.

As for 2016, the blog will continue as long as I can write and for as long as I have idea’s coming out of me, about things that interest me. In writing about those things I insert points about my own life that go along with what I am discussing. It’s not that I don’t want to write about my life both past and present… I feel it may come off as I am complaining about how things have gone for me and how they are now. Actually, I have things to say about my life course that aren’t exactly flattering to people involved, in some cases and in others I have a great deal of gratitude for what they have done for me.

I would like to thank everyone who has followed me through the blog and also on Twitter and Facebook throughout the year. I haven’t been Tweeting much lately because of having to watch my data for this month. I will hopefully be back tweeting and retweeting and posting again in 2016. I also hope to have my Weather Wednesday posts return to the blog. It’s just been so quiet on the weather front that I have had nothing really to write about, without repeating myself. I like sameness but I also know that there is a need to move forward and I wouldn’t want to be writing the same post over and over again.

Anyway, this has been a great year for me and hopefully 2016 will be even better for all of us, no matter where we are in the world and in our lives.

Back To Work And Back To School

Hi folks and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This week, we are back to school and back to work but the weather doesn’t reflect it yet. This is not unusual but of course, that changes within a week or less.

This is the meteorological autumn and of course, this is when the weather has the most impact on us. This is the peak of the hurricane season and when the weather cools off and the Northwinds begin to blow the leaves off the trees.

Another thing that has happened is that this cooling off has also been slow at times and I can think of 2 examples of when the really chilly weather didn’t settle in until November. In 1994 it was a rather warm fall, with no sign of a snowflake until late November, dew to it not going below freezing or the hi temperatures not going below 10°C.

In 2007 it was a similar type of fall season but it was even warmer, with a hi of 32°C being reached on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday. After that the weather didn’t cooldown much until very late October and didn’t go below freezing until November. I know that because some friends of mine were still having barbecues even as late as around October 20 and this was in southern Ontario Canada. In fact, everything I mention here has happened where I live, in the GTA in Ontario Canada.

I don’t think this year will be as warm a fall but I also don’t think we will be in winter clothes by early November like last year. I will be monitoring both my Weather Radio and weather apps on my iPhone for the latest in weather, in and around where I live. I may even check up on other places, just to feed my curiosity on which place is the warmest or coldest on a single day.

Well, that’s about it for today. Talk to you on Simpsons Sunday.

September, The Weather Turns Normal

Hi folks and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. Today it is the first post of September… the month where summer circles the drain, before disappearing from this hemisphere, to warm the opposite hemisphere in a few months after regrouping.

Here in North Amerca, we have the fall and winter to look forward to and possible colds and flue, with some ice and snow to make it more miserable.t

In case you can’t tell, I hate this time of year because the weather turns, the leaves turn and everything turns back to normal with school and well, some of us hibernate. It also spells the end of summer fun and all the cool things we did the previous 2 months. Don’t you wish it could last forever?

I guess the only thing I can take heart in is that the TV shows have new episodes coming out again. Woohoo! I can enjoy the next adventures of The Simpsons and their surrounding cast of characters in Springfield. Unfortunately, outside it is cooling off and to me, that really sucks.

Well, unfortunately that is all I could come up with today. Talk to you on Simpsons Sunday.

September, The Turning Point Of The Year

Hi folks. It is not only a Weather Wednesday but it is also the first post in September. It is the month where summer weather circles the drain, before it leaves us for the fall. Sometimes it just up and gets out like we were a bad date the night before. Other times it doesn’t want to go and it just stays, making all the kids sweat in their classrooms at school.

I’m writing this because I hate this time of year because it is the end of summer and the beginning of fall and that leads to a season of cold and flue and freezing temperatures.

The only thing I find good about this time of year is that the TV shows come back with new episodes and I can watch the latest adventures of The Simpsons or other shows I have had an interest in throughout my life. It is also the time of year when awards begin to be given out and well, that is also cool too.

Well, I couldn’t really think of much today because I just can’t really think of anything I can sink my teeth into. Talk to you on Simpsons Sunday.

2015, The Summer Of Summer Severe Weather Disappointment

Hi folks. On this Weather Wednesday I’m going to talk about how much of a bust, this summer has been for severe weather outbreaks here in Southern Ontario. This is despite that we have had periods where we have gone above 30 degrees c for a few days.

The only real true outbreak that occurred in the summer months was on August 1, when there were quite a few thunderstorm clusters that went through Southern Ontario that day. Otherwise, it has been rather quiet and the end of summer severe weather blowout hasn’t happened yet. Well, that happens every year or so and there is no real guarantee that the weather will be active before the fall sets in and the weather begins to cool off.

The first real outbreak of severe weather in Southern Ontario happened on June 10th and I wrote a post about that earlier this year, from the Weatheradio point of view. The next one happened on June 23rd and it went through the evening of the 22nd and lasted until early in the morning of the 23rd. I posted an entry about that too and how it screwed up my schedule for that day. This one was also the first of the few real outbreaks that happened in the summer of 2015 and unfortunately it was also nocturnal.

Another reason for me to be disappointed on the lack of watches and warnings throughout Southern Ontario and in particular Toronto, is that I have downloaded and purchased more weather alert apps that I wanted, for the purpose of keeping myself abreast of the latest weather alerts happening in and around me, without having to rely solely on my Weather Radio to keep me up to date while out of the house.

As the weather gets cooler and eventually cold enough for snow, I’m sure that my apps will be making my phone make noise so I am aware of the latest severe weather on the way. I am looking forward to the next few months of changing weather but I am not looking forward to the cool down and freeze.

Well, that’s about it for today. I’ll talk to you soon.

Odd Weather Events

Hi folks and welcome to another Weather Wednesday post in the blog. I have been thinking about this for quite a while now and I have noticed, that most of the significant news making weather events have happened in years with odd numbers.

For the past 6 years I have begun to notice this peculiar phenomenon, where the weather brings such major outbreaks during years ending in: 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9. For example:

the Barrie Tornado outbreak, which also touched other parts of South Central Ontario and parts of the Northern US on May 31st 1985,

the 2005 severe weather outbreak on August 19th 2005, bringing thunderstorms to Southern Ontario,

the 2009 severe weather outbreak on August 20th 2009, which killed an 11-year-old boy among others and brought tornados to The city of Vaughan Ontario,

the tornado in Godderich Ontario on August 21, 2011.

As you may notice all of these and more significant outbreaks all occurred in years with odd numbers. Yes, even Hurricane Katrina occurred in a year with an odd number, being 2005 and Hurricane Camille blazed her trail of distruction in 1969.

I wonder why this peculiar phenomenon happens? It really is strange to know that such significant weather events happen in these particular years but they are not all only during those odd-numbered years. Remember hurricane Andrew? He made his presence felt in August 1992. Also, we can’t forget about the severe weather outbreak August 28th 1990, which affected the Northern US and parts of Southern and Southwestern Ontario, with severe thunderstorms and tornados. This happened during a year which was mostly cooler than normal, after a mild winter from January onward in Ontario. Oh yes, lest we forget Super storm Sandy and Hurricane Hazel, which both affected the US and Canada in 1954 and 2012 respectively.

We are forecasted to be hit by another active weather day tomorrow, which will probably bring a severe weather outbreak, which will also probably make the news for more than a week. That is the commonality with most, if not all events I have mentioned here. For more on this you can go on Wikipedia and search for lists of Tornado outbreaks in North America. You can also probably look for lists of hurricanes and I bet the majority of the most significant ones occurred in years with odd numbers and of course, most likely had their names retired.

Well that’s about it for this odd post today. Haha! Talk to you sooner than you think.