Monthly Archives: August 2007

On the road again…

We are off to Edmonton and Calgary for the next week.

Janine is delivering a paper at the University of Alberta, and the boys and I get to play at the largest mall in North America, 3rd largest in the world at that!  Ok so I have sorta turned the boys into mall rats, but in my defence, there is free wifi and the largest indoor water complex (or something like that).

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, a former fur-trading post in northwestern Canada, the übermall covers the equivalent of 48 city blocks and is billed as “the greatest indoor show on earth.” Each year, 22 million visitors flock to the entertainment mecca’s three hotels, eight amusement parks, 21 theaters, 110 restaurants and 800 shops.

Could be fun.

Will post updates and pics when and where we can.

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Cultured Kiwi Kids

I took the kids to the UBC Museum of Anthropology this afternoon. It has a spectacular collection of totem poles (Jamie’s new favourite thing) and indigenous art and artifacts from BC. The kids were doing some very satisfying ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaahing’ as we walked through the great hall of totem polls and looked through the draws of artifacts. A woman who was struggling to get her much older son to see the joy in his museum visit came over and said ‘I just have to say that your children are precious.’ Thankfully, she was not present ten minutes later when Jamie threw a tantrum in the giftshop because I wouldn’t buy him a beaded frog keyring, nor did she see Charlie once he got home when he insisted on wearing his swimming togs on his head as he played. Thanks to great timing and a bit of luck, somewhere out there someone thinks that Kiwi kids are cultured kids!

Bill Ried

Bill Reid 2



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Adult grumble time…

Could someone please explain to me why Bob the Builder needs to be over dubbed with American voice actors?

Bob and Wendy have the most annoying accents. Is it too much for these people to get it that there are other people out there with different accents.  Walkie Talkies are also turned into Talkie Talkies?  WTH?  Also Spud is the only character to keep his original voice (gotta make the baddies someone other than Yankie).

Case in point is the Telus help line (our phone and broadband provider).  They have those silly “I can understand you, so please speak the option you want”.  Well how wrong could they be.  They have no way of understanding me when I speak an instruction, but if I do the poorest impersonation of a drunk Mr Ed with prolonged vowels, then the computer has no problem understanding me.  Argh!!!

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The blog has gremblins

For those of you trying to follow the link on the right hand side in the Blogroll to our Flickr pics, you are going to b poorly led astray.  Follow this link instead.  There are more pics there than we post here. – Paul

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SOS – cheat notes for bookclub!

So, I have joined a bookclub. It is organised here on campus, and seems to be mostly women on faculty. First meeting was last night and it was a delight to spend time talking with humans with significantly less testosterone than those that live in my house! The hitch is that I still don’t have time to read books for fun and the book for this month is huge! If anyone has read Pearl S Buck ‘The Good Earth’ I would much appreciate some cheat notes so I can appear to know what I am talking about when we next meet!


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Jamie has been attending ‘gymboree’ which is a pre-school program. It is a great way for him to get to play with other kids before he starts preschool on campus next month. He just loves it – some photos are attached of the play facilities they have. It is a two hour drop off program (yahoo!) so a nice chance for us all to take a break from each other! As you can see, Charlie likes to make the most of the gym equipment when we collect Jamie at the end of the session.





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Photos of home away from home

Hi all – photos of the apartment attached. Check us out in a finished house!

The master bedroom


Jamie’s bed

Jamie's bed

Charlie’s bed

Charlie's bed



Lounge and deck


Kitchen and entrance

kitchen and entrance

Kitchen and dining

kitchen and dining




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