I’ve been burned by roll-up-the-rim

2014-2-28Canadians have invented many cool things.  The Red McIntosh apple, the walkie talkie, the snowmobile, insulin, the egg carton, the electric oven, the alkaline battery, instant replay, sonar…  WHY can’t we seem to get coffee lids right!?

I DARE you to get a Tim Hortons coffee and not spill on yourself/dribble on yourself/have it go absolutely everywhere/burn yourself in some way.  Those lids are EVIL! I’m sure they cost next to nothing to produce, but there is no way to open it or transport it or drink it without making a mess.  a hot, burny, scaldy mess.

And now that it’s roll-up-the-rim-to-win, where every cup of coffee could CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER, i find that i’m burning myself at least three times a day.  And i haven’t won anything!  not even a doughnut.  I don’t even especially like the taste of the coffee.  I’m a sucker for the possibility of winning a car or money!  but it won’t happen.  So why do I put myself through this?

Here’s the most frustrating thing, pointed out to me by my wife Diana!  Tim Hortons HAS the same solo-lids that EVERY other coffee shop on the planet has.  They put them on their “espresso” drinks.  These lids are superior in every way.   If they put their solo lids on EVERY cup of coffee, that would be great.  I would stop burning myself and spilling on myself.  Then, the only thing they’d have to fix would be how the coffee tastes!

Before you get all-up-in-arms defending tim hortons, know that they don’t need you to defend them.  They aren’t going anywhere, they are practically a Canadian institution.  Here’s a question for yah though: how much cream and sugar do you get in it?  I don’t use cream or sugar, i just drink it black.  a “double double” tastes good, but it doesn’t taste like coffee.  It tastes like sugar and cream.   I’m not some kind of “black coffee elitist”, i just REALLY like the taste of coffee.  Half the time, the coffee at tim hortons tastes fine, and half of the time, it is burnt!  I’m not expecting perfection, tim hortons is cheap and convenient…. but burnt?  To compare to starbucks, their coffee tastes burnt probably a quarter of the time.  And i might pay $3 for a cup of coffee at a mom-and-pop-coffee-shop, but it’ll only be burnt 1/10th of the time!

…but one problem at a time!

If we could get on inventing a better cheap coffee lid, i think THAT’S what would put canada back on the map!  (hehe)



creative writing? more like creative READING



I am currently five books into a series of books that will likely NEVER be finished.  Or at least, never finished in a way that is satisfying.  I’m at the point where I’m questioning why I’m even reading it.

A good book puts you into someone else’s head, and makes you care about them and their experiences and their story.  Even good text books do this, they spur you on to care! to learn more, and to retain the info, so that the world you live in is better understood.  And a good novel has real-life implications, perhaps a perspective gained or an experience shared or whatever. A bad book is just words on a page.

Right now, i’m trying to decide if a good book can become a bad book because of reader fatigue.  Or maybe author fatigue?  The problem with the book series i’m reading is that there are too many details to forget; if i stop reading and take a break, i’ll forget what was going on, and there would be thousands of pages to read to get back up to speed, which would just tire out my imagination yet again.

Anyways, authors out there:  please make sure to finish your stuff.  we’re all counting on you!



…of has-been’s, and never-was’s.

2014-2-26I love reminiscing of my band days.  The more I think about it, the more I realize how naive I was as to how the whole industry worked.  All of my band mates still have their music as a big part of their lives, either as their livelihood or as their artistic passion or whatever.  I never would of “made it” like they have.  I really liked the music we made, I really liked the pool we lived in, the camps we toured… it’s all good memories!  But my memories often fail to remember the part where I was incredibly awkward and unsatisfied.

Anyways, “sound-paintings” is an old captain-era joke.  if you want to listen to my old band, i think you can still find our stuff at if you feel like smilin’.  Our myspace page got hacked like 6 years ago, and none of us can remember the password to fix it.  Ah well.