If you contribute to your RRSP, you can reduce the amount of tax deducted from your pay rather than wait until tax time for a refund. Why let Mr. Harper hold on to your money when you could be helping your cash flow situation all year long. Fill out the Request to Reduce Tax Deductions at Source form and mail it to your local Tax Services Office.  The contribution limit for 2008 is 18% of your salary up to a maximum of $20,000.

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Squigee Standards

June 25, 2007

Washing windows makes me happy. Actually washing my OWN windows makes me happy so please do not send me window washing party invites. The key is the squigee along with a rag for drying off the rubber side after each clearing stroke and multiple length handles. Broom handles work great for long or high windows and an extension handle for really high windows. I am sure there is a story behind it but the standard broom handle thread is a wonderful thing. Long live seemingly spontaneous standards.

So I think I have found a solution to a long time irritant in my life…. sticky glue residue guck left over from price tags and other things stuck to products. People much smarter than I have told me that Goo Gone works really well and I have tried to find the stuff on several occasions but failed miserably each attempt. So with a particularly nasty product label attached to a large thermos I recently purchased, I decided to do a Google search on “goo gone active ingredient”.

It looks like citrus oil is the main ingredient in Goo Gone. The soon to be banned incandescent light bulb in my head went off. Buzz Away, an all natural mosquito repellent that I use, contains citronella oil and eucalyptus oil. It is expensive, but I have some kicking around so I gave it a go and it worked really well.

When I read about Buzz Away being as good as Deet based mosquito repellent products, I went on a wide search for the stuff. Turns out that most health food stores carry it. The problem with Deet based products, for me, is that they dissolve plastic. When I’m on a dive vacation and I’m in the water 4 or 5 times a day, constantly applying Deet based repellent is a pain and I my fingers stick to camera equipment and other plastic stuff. Buzz Away is a great solution if you don’t mind the price and the pungent, but not unpleasant, citrus oil smell.

So there ya go… Buzz Away is a double use product. Keeps mosquitoes away and removes price tag guk. “Buzz Away” and “Guck Away”.


Rodent of Enormous Size

February 13, 2007

Cartoonist Scott Adams has a funny post on The Dilbert Blog: Man Mistaken for Rodent

To reiterate, there is nothing funny about being shot in the head. Unless you were snorkeling in a river, someone thought you were a rodent, and your skull is so dense it can stop a bullet.The shooter mistook the snorkeler for a nutria. That’s a rat-looking thing that swims. Apparently the river has a lot of swimming rodents in it. I don’t think I have to tell you that the very best place you can snorkel is a river that’s full of swimming rats. It is good scenery and good friends all in one.

MENTAL NOTES TO SELF:

  • get some photos of the muskrats living under the dock at the cottage… wet rodents are FUNNY
  • never take the bright orange reflective tape off my snorkel
  • if I’m ever injured trying to get an in-water photograph of an animal I will be MOCKED
  • avoid felons on drugs carrying rifles

Wow, I’ve learned a new trick. I have been picking up the phone lately when telemarketers call and I have had great success (3 for 3) with “I’m not interested <happy voice> …and can I please be taken off this list?”.

No problem sir, goodbye.

What happened? I mumble something about a list and BOOM they are gone. That is awesome. Am I dreaming? Someone pinch me.