Suicide Prevention Hotline

Suicide, especially amongst young adults, is rampant in today’s society, all around the world.  My nephew in Texas asked his Facebook friends to post this number, (the words below the number are his) which inspired me to write this post.  Please share this number, it is operational in both the US and Canada.

 Suicide Prevention Hotline (USA and CANADA)
1-800 273 8255
It’s OK not to be OK
22 a day is too high

Woodwind and Brasswind coupon

Woodwind and Brasswind is a well put together online store for musical instruments, serving and shipping to customers in Canada, USA and several other countries around the world.  They offer a convenient, user-friendly shopping experience for drums, keyboards, recorders, brass and woodwind instruments, guitars and more, as well as a wide selection of accessories, classroom teaching aids, and books.

Get 10% off your first order by signing up for a Woodwind Brasswind Coupon 

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Anger rules election

 

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I, like many other Canadians, watched the coverage of the election last night.  I did switch back and forth between the Ottawa Senators hockey game and the election coverage though, very Canadian of me!

Through the whole election process, I was struck by how divided the country (USA) was on their opinions of the candidates.  People were/are very definite in this election.  In past elections (ours included) opinions varied, but there appeared to be much less anger.  Previously, all candidates had their strengths and weaknesses.  Not so with this election.

People are angry at and sick of Hillary’s lies, deceit and suspected corruption.  Others are angry and disgusted with Trump’s comments, actions and lack of political experience.  Today there are many furious and heartsick people in the USA and around the world because Trump won the election.  As naive as it may sound,  I hope this anger dissipates soon so the country can move forward together.

I also hope that president-elect Trump is not the crass, irresponsible,  selfish, crude, racist, sexist, idiot that all of those angry people say he is…

Nestea Blueberry Mint iced green tea

 

I took a case of Nestea Blueberry Mint Iced Green Tea to a family reunion recently.  I loved it as did several of my relatives that I shared it with.  I was looking for something refreshing, but non-alcoholic that I could sip on throughout the day as I had a two hour drive back home that night.  Yes, it does have 27 grams of sugar per bottle, but on a hot summer day it was a nice cold treat.

When my cousin asked me where I purchased it because she had never seen it in stores,  I did a bit of research.  Apparently, Nestea is a Canadian company owned by Coca-Cola Canada.  That explains why I found this delicious product at a Walmart here in Ottawa, but she could not find it in the USA.

Today I saw a list on Facebook on what CANADIAN FOODS  you would miss if you are a Canadian living in the USA.  Ironically, I took Lay’s ketchup potato chips and the fixings for poutine to the reunion too, items rated number one and two on the list!

I think maybe the list should include Nestea Blueberry Mint Iced Green Tea too!

 

My cousin also vouches for the blackcurrant flavor too, although I have never tried it.

Top google searches for 2015

The top google searches for 2015 were announced recently.  In case you are not aware of what information these searches provided, I have done it for you…

The first list of top 10 google searches is from the USA…

 

  1. Lamar Odom:   The former professional basketball player and estranged husband (their divorce was never finalized) of Khloe Kardashian passed out from a four day binge of natural viagra combined with too much booze, at a brothel in Nevada this past October. Although rumors reported him dead,  he came out of his coma  and continues to improve from the several strokes and kidney failure his body suffered.  Although Kardashian and Odom have apparently not reconciled, the divorce was put off so she could make decisions for his medical care…
  2. Charlie Hebdo:  A weekly magazine with headquarters in Paris, France that is best known for its controversial   and provocative left wing views that are published in the form of cartoons, jokes and articles.  Several terrorist   attacks have been launched against the magazine, the most recent one in January of 2015 in which twelve       people (mostly staff members) were killed.  And I thought cartoons were supposed to make you laugh…
  3. Agar.io:  A computer and mobile phone game where players are cells that get bigger and stronger by eating other cells/players. Sounds like an electronic version of Risk, the board game my sons used to play…
  4. Jurassic World: A movie that made a record-breaking 5.25 million dollars on its opening weekend in June 2015.  A sequel to Jurassic Park, this movie is set on the site of the original theme park, with a similar story line.  Ho Hum…
  5. Paris:  A recent terrorist attack lead by ISIL on a concert and restaurant crowd in Paris, France had us glued to our TV screens in November of 2015.  Apparently, many were glued to their computers and google as well….
  6. Furious 7:  Another movie, this one as its name suggests, is the latest version in the Fast and Furious saga.  The most notable fact about this one is that one of the stars, Paul Walker, died tragically in a car accident in 2013 while the film was still in production.  Sadly it was Walker’s last performance, and hopefully the last furious movie…
  7. Fallout 4:  Another computer game, this one from Bethesda Game Studio.  Who has time for all of these computer games?….
  8. Ronda Rousey:  She was the UFC bantamweight champion, at least until she was resoundingly knocked out by Holly Holm in Australia this past November…
  9. Caitlyn Jenner:  Formerly known as olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn is Bruce’s new transgender name, revealed to the world in July 2015.  She is also known as the stepfather/mother to the Kardashian girls…
  10. American Sniper:  Another movie, this one a war movie, based on the autobiography of a marksman in the US military.  At least it isn’t another sequel…

 

The next list was our Canadian version of the top 10 google searches, with the top four and number 7 showing significant Canadian content…

  1. Blue Jays:  Toronto’s professional baseball team, that thrilled all Canadians with their run for the World Series in 2015.  They fell short in the AL championship series, but the team that beat them out, the Kansas City Royals, went on to win it all…
  2. Justin Trudeau:  Canada’s new prime minister, currently best known as the son of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.  Hopefully Justin leads the country to greater things than his father did…
  3. Federal Election:  Former prime minister Stephen Harper was resoundingly booted out of office by the above mentioned Justin Trudeau by voters wanting change.  Hopefully the changes will be positive…
  4. Pan Am Games:   Held most recently in Toronto in July 2015, the Pan Am games are a multi national, multi sporting event.
  5. Paris Shooting:  same as #5 in USA
  6. Agar.io:  same as #3 in USA
  7. Chris Hyndman:  A Canadian TV personality, best known for his interior decorating skills, that fell to his death from his balcony, reportedly while sleepwalking.
  8. Charlie Hebdo:  same as #2 in USA
  9. Lamar Odom: same as #1 in USA
  10. Caitlyn Jenner: same as #9 in USA

 

I learned a few things from researching this post; I hope you did too.  The only search item on the list that I did not know about was the Agar.io game.   I also discovered that Americans like their movies and computer/video games, while we Canadians are into sports and current events.