April 1, 2019
The prediction from Weather Canada was that Winter would bleed into the first 2 weeks of March (even though the groundhog said it would be an early Spring) and then suddenly the temperatures would jump up. Well in my mind, Winter felt done at the beginning of March and it was just clinging on for dear life. There weren’t anymore snow falls, but the temperature was still below freezing for awhile before warming up.
We moved the clocks ahead this month. Every time this happens, there are complaints and reports about how daylight savings time is bad and we should get rid of it. But for us, it works really well. Sun comes up right when the kids have to wake up for school, lasts through the entire day, and dusk is when they have to go to sleep.
I went down to the Bay Area for a few days at the start of the month. I don’t end up going there as often as I should, but this time I had some time to catch up with a few friends. I also took an Air Canada 737 Max 8 down, and marveled at the new entertainment system Air Canada had on it. Of course, later in the month the 737 Max 8s were grounded across the world.
This month was pretty light with weekends mostly free as kids were in-between extra-curricular activity terms. March break had them in camps so nothing out of the ordinary there either.
May 4, 2009
A bit ago, I read about a neat study where lilacs were planted since 1965, and it was found that they’ve been blooming up to two weeks earlier now. The conclusion they drew from this is that climate change has been causing this change.
Well one example, or correlation isn’t really evidence; because this weekend, we went to High Park to see the cherry blossoms; on the exact same weekend that we went last year (they are only in bloom for about a week).
We had driven past High Park the week before (and the one before that), but trees weren’t even budding yet! We actually drove through High Park to make sure, and it was really busy! Every time I’ve been there recently, it’s always been busy (i.e. no parking spots), so this weekend, we decided to go early (relatively). We arrived at 11 and the parking lot was already full!
It was still a good idea to come early though, because the forecast called for rain in the afternoon. With the sun, there was nice contrast between the green grass and blue sky, but really, the cherry blossoms aren’t as pretty as magnolia blossoms!
April 28, 2008
This weekend there was a TTC strike! It happened suddenly on Friday night, with no media build-up; so when I was out and about early-ish Saturday morning, I was on the lookout for any uninformed people waiting for the bus. I did see a couple of people sitting at bus stops, but for the most part the only effect were many more taxis around my ‘hood.
I did my taxes on Saturday. They had been “done” for awhile as I had been entering in the numbers as I received my T-slips, but I had to check things over and enter the DQ info. But then, I also did Pauline’s, her sister’s, and my mom’s taxes as well. Saturday evening I met up with a bunch of people to celebrate Charlie’s birthday. Afterwards we headed over to his place to watch Full Metal Jacket.
On Sunday, I went over to Nelson’s house to try out Mario Kart Wii and to play some Super Smash Brothers Brawl. The Wii version Mario Kart packages a wheel accessory with the game which you slip the Wiimote into. It’s gimmicky and hard to control though. They also added bikes which doesn’t seem right since it’s called Mario KART.
I got home at about the right time (although maybe 20 minutes later for the light) and went out to take some pictures of the cherry blossoms that were blooming in front of my building. Fortunately for me there are
no not many tall buildings blocking the view to the west so I was trying to get the last glimmers of sun. Didn’t work out so well, but still pretty.