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ALan -

At least I didn't write about this.

gr -

Except for you Alan, I am first! Cha cha cha, take THAT cm and Marian....

Alan -

ry beat you by an hour though I am unclear on why that is important.

Gordo -

Pity me ... We're flying south Thursday morning and I appear to have caught whatever pestilence the boys have been spreading ... Flying with an ear infection is bad enough, but it will also rule out diving ... :-(

cm -

I was up at an ungodly hour this morning due to the very things Flea references, but alas I did not get around to checking GenX40 to post. Enjoy your first, gr, it may be your last. ;-)

cm -

(Over-share, yes, but today seems to be TMI day in my universe. You're welcome.)

gorthos -

I propose a contest. Name three things you have in you briefcase, top desk drawer or carry bag that no-one else you nkow carries:

My go first:
1. A proper orienteering compass
2. A sony NET-MD Minidisk Walkman
3. A spring loaded brass center punch window breaking tool (because I have a phobia about being trapped in a car underwater or finding someone in teh same predicament)
As described here: http://www.forcedentrytacticaltraining.com/forced-entry-tools/

gorthos -

Better described here: http://www.wikihow.com/Escape-from-a-Sinking-Car

Yuor paranoid pal, Gorthos.

Gordo -

Gorthos, apparently you're not aware that the rear window of all North American vehicles is designed to be kicked out in just such an emergency?

1. A shooter-bottle of 15-year-old Glenfiddich Solera Reserve. It's my bad-day talisman.
2. A zippo lighter. I don't smoke cigarrettes, but you never know when a cigar will present itself. :-)
3. An assortment of knives/multi tools. I have a swiss-army camp knife in my pocket, a Gerber mini in my backpack and a Gerber clutch in my desk.

I'm an open book, so none of this is a secret.

cm -

How about car trunk?

1. A teddy bear.
2. A bottle of Club Soda.
3. A pair of Doc Martens and hand-knit wool socks.

gorthos -

Hey Gord: I recently lost my Haversacker Swiss Army knife.. I am constantly phoning, emailing and calling places looking for it as well as tear ing my house apart.. :( I carried it everywhere at all times..

CM
Lemme guess: Teddy bear in case of an accident to comfort children, club soda for stains and doc's+socks just because they make you look fabulous?

Flea -

Three things from my back-pack:

1 - Telescoping steel baton.
2 - A well-traveled copy of Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, The Book of the Law, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI.
3 - Supply of Muji 08 caligraphy pens.

Alan -

I carry no backpack. I rely entirely on a pocketful of cash to get me through any situation like Cary Grant in <i>North By North-west</i>.

gr -

Like Cary Grant and Rodney Dangerfield in 'Caddyshack' where he throws 20s at everybody. I miss Rodney Dangerfield.

I don't get out much. But over there on my desk, other than dust, are 2 little ivory elephants, a Mickey Mouse pocket watch, an ashtray with a naked woman on it, a mechanical toy from the 1920s that gives a random dice roll when you push the button, and the obligatory cat.

cm -

gorthos, you know it! ;-) Actually the socks and boots are in case I get stuck in the snow in non-sensible shoes but the Docs have no tread left and wouldn't be much good. I just couldn't bear to part with them.

gr -

WOW! cm has children all of a sudden! Magic!

I should mention that my naked lady ashtray holds no ashes. But who wouldn't want such a thing on their desk, like if gordo came over with a Cuban?

BR -

my car:
shotgun(s)
binoculars
rosary

gorthos knows why ;)

cm -

I'm beginning to think gorthos knows everything.

gr, that's how rumours get started!

gr -

How many kids, cm? Boys? Girls? Or are we mistaking you for celeste?

cm -

Currently I have 12. Three are away to school, one's living with relatives, one spends half his time with his father, and the other 7 are under foot all day.

gorthos -

RE:
shotgun(s)
binoculars
rosary
gorthos knows why ;)

Prepping for the Apocalypse where you become a vigilante superhero?

Alan -

Maybe to deal with the rogue bees.

BR -

No bees yet Al. Plenty of wasps in the garage though. And no bunker with food supply just yet gorthos. actually, items are not related to one another in any way but people tend to get concerned that I frequently have firearms in my vehicle (only on days I'm scheduled to shoot skeet of course). The binocs are for scanning fields - I commute. The rosary - well it's a rosary, nothing too scary, I'm not a physco albino monk or anything like that. But your game was to name things we carry that others do not. I could have said Swiss Army knife - trailmaster in the backpack and esquire in the pocket but it looks like everyone carries a knife (or they should). BR

ry -

Unlike gr I do get out, some. Like Al I don't have a bag or case, but unlike him I can't rely on a wad of cash(I have lots of pocket lint, but that's about it.).

THere isn't anything in my desks top drawers that nobody knows about. Even the Wife knows I hide Lifesavers in my top drawer at school for especially bad days.

I'm pretty much an open book.

So let's talk hockey. Who's good this season? Box scores don't tell you that. Who's good, who's over rated, and who flat out sucks?

Gordo -

Gorthos, I gave Swiss Army knives for Christmas last year. I bought a lot of airport-confiscated ones on eBay for about $1 apiece. Heck of a deal. :-D

gr -

ry: dissappointments to me: Bruins and Senators. Surprise: Buffalo.

ry -

Iraq Study Group out today. Anyone got a line on that yet? Should make for an interesting rest of the week in the blogosphere.

It is trully hockey hell where I am gr. Both the IndyStar and the local paper carry no hockey news. Basic cable doesn't have any games but the Blues on once in a while. It sucks.

gr -

ry, can you at least pretend to be a Redwings fan? There was a time they were on top of the world...

cm -

My father gave me a pocket knife for my birthday last year, having been appalled at the state of the ones I'd taken home to be sharpened. I don't carry it with me, though. Perhaps I should start doing so. That would impress the boys, wouldn't it?

gorthos -

cm: list of five things guys are impressed with in girls (okay, we are all adults, WOMEN).

1. intelligence
2. humour
3. pocket knives
4. boots
5. a knowledge of computers, gadgets and asorted technology

Wait, maybe thats just me.

gr -

cm has these AWESOME cowboy boots she got at the Calgary Stampede.

gorthos -

Oh yeah, well I have thus great little yellow chiffon number I picked up at this shop on Queen street.