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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Grrrr...

What's my beef? I have two beefs:

1) BC Hydro. The storms that hit people in Victoria in the last month have knocked down power in the region. The real storm that created this suffering hit over six years ago. Enron screwed power suppliers like BC Hydro-- it left them holding the bag on millions of dollars in unpaid bills. BC Hydro had to keep its books in order. So, their budgets skewed in favour of black ink and the expense of preventitive maintenance Preventitive maintenance does mean replacing cables-- but in the tree-filled region, it largely means trimming trees that lie near power cables. Trimming keeps a safety margin between trees and cables. Trees grow slowly. You have several years grace before tree branches close in. In well trafficked areas like Victoria's Cook Street Village, the lines have a visible halo of tree-less-ness. In remote reaches like Metchosin and Langford, trimming stayed on the BC Hydro's to-do list. Add in three storms back-to-back and suddenly this strategy comes down like a 200-year-old fir tree. Of course, if you look at their budget outlay for this year, you will huge amounts spent on maintenance and repairs. Maybe so much so that they can go low on this budget item in upcoming years. This is all supposition. But ask yourself: over the Summer and early Autumn how many Hydro trucks did you see clipping trees in anticipation of a stormy Winter?

2) Mt. Hood and Evolution vs. Enviro-nazis. I'm a fat-ass. I could do a lot to help my situation. I could eat right all the time. I could exercise more. It's my fault that I am in this situation. Or, so I thought. As I cruise past the US news channels, I feel seeing updates on Kelly James, Brian Hall, and Jerry "Nikko" Cooke who-- in between a week of storms and just short of another tremendous storm-- set out for a trek. It was supposed to be a day trip but they prepped for a much longer trek. Now they're lost. They're lost and $10,000s of resources are being spent. People are putting their life in jeopardy. This all for people who purposely put themselves in harm's way. So why is it that governments pick up the tab for these masochists when people who abuse their health are put on wait lists?

Inter Municipality Competition Heats Up

In one corner, you have the Downtown Business Victoria-- the champion of Victoria businesses in the downtown core. In the other corner: the "Lighen Up In Langford" campaign and its renaissance of strip malls and big box stores.

It looks like the gloves are off in competing campaigns:


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* courtesy Flickr

Monday, December 11, 2006

You'll Have To Look These Up

EUGERIA - I will start putting this in half of the birthday cards I fill out.
EYESERVICE - Working from home-- it's hard to do this.
IATROGENIC - What I get from the Doctor's office on most occasions.
MEUPAREUNIA - Like I'd be so lucky to even get the better half of this one.
NEANIMORPHIC - I will put this in the other half of the birthday cards.
ONIOCHALASIA - We did this about three times a week until we ran out of floor space.
PARNEL - Chews bubble gum and collects Hot Wheels.
RESISTENTIALISM - Every computer comes standard with this feature.
LIBBERWORT - This is all that the Golden Arches sells.
CLISTER - A great insult ca. 1200. E.g. "You're a clister to humanity."
SUPPEDANEUM - See: it's not all bad.


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