Monday, May 31, 2010

The waning summer of my dirty 30's

Well, generally speaking my "dirty thirties" as they sometimes call the decade of your thirty something years is almost at a close.  Is that significant?  Well, it doesn't feel like much is going to change too quickly, but I guess it's a milestone of sorts and people do say that things do start to change around this time in your years.  I have had a lot of adventures in these years at any rate.  Compared to my twenties it's been quite a whirlwind and in a good way for the most part.  In these times if you can live a decade of life and note mostly good times, that's a plus I say.  Taking quick account: my living situation has improved, I have a great relationship, I live in a desirable and moderately glamorous city, and I can afford to eat relatively healthy food, like home made blueberry and strawberry pancakes for example.  It's all pretty good stuff and I'm still more than a (possible) decade away before the cracks in this great scheme we've made for ourselves in the western world totally start to widen and spread revealing the rotten centre and give way to the torrents of woe that tarnish the rest of the globe.  At least that's what the experts are predicting. 
Speaking of our times - I was out walking with some chums the other night on the strip heading to a bar. We passed a non-descript and darkened shopping plaza when I spotted this business which I think outlines our times quite nicely.  A business that thrives on the need for people to hire other people to help them look for crappy jobs is sign enough of things sliding downhill, but when that business itself goes tits-up it's time to put a lock on your gas tank and stock up on canned consumables.  I'm probably overstating things, but it's something to be looking out for at any rate.  Keep your eyes fixed on the horizon I always say and don't forget to look over your shoulder occasionally too.  Speaking of which, summer is here so if you are unfortunate enough not to have have gainful employment, enjoy your time off as much as possible.  Whew!  It's always hard to leave thing on an up-note for me which, considering my situation shouldn't be, so I'll just sign off before I think of another dire thing to say.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Just twidding the look

Just twiddling the look right now and trying to finalize my move from my hosted site and the new Blogger hosted site. Hopefully I'll be able to get the hang of it. Bare with me readers! ... actually.  I think I just figured it out.  Now my blog is entirely hosted with Blogger.com or Blogspot or whatever, but it will link through from clayhastings.com for now.  If anyone has ever been to chinatown and if you've ever had the need for cheap crockery in your kitchen you've probably bought a few of these omnipresent "fish bowls" at one of the finer chinatown shops.  Chinatown has changed over the years and I daresay, it's gotten better.  They have better stuff anyway.  Better shops and more selection.  This has probably co-incided with the rise of China as the next great "trading nation".  It's still all curios and trinkets, but better curios and trinkets!  Heres to new looks and new stuff.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Well. Summer is almost here and since we've gotten back ito the city we discovered that the waiting list for a community garden moved up and now we have a plot. It's pretty small, but there should be enough space to get some veggies going. The plot is right on the corner of one of the busiest intersections in Vancouver, so it's kind of weird to be gardening in the roar of traffic, but when the plants get high in the summer it really transforms the corner- birds chirp, bees buzz by, some people just stroll through to check out whats going on. We probably won't care too much about the traffic when we're munching on fresh greens! So far we've been experimenting with a few kales we bought. Plugged em in there and returned a few days later to find a bunch of the plants dug up and animal fur tufts around. Not a perfect start, but that's the way with gardening I guess. We're pretty much learning as we go so we'll see how successful we are this time around. We grew some really enthusiastic cherry tomato plants in our living room last year but they never produced a great bounty of tomatoes and they were kinda smallish. Finally the plants began to bristle with aphids and we ended up throwing them out in disgust! Thanks nature! Well anyway, this time we are back and this time we have bigger plans. We are planning to harvest the very power of the sun and the earth itself and use it to make us some vegetables.
We've been eating quite a bit of veggies recently. After 3 months of high meat and starch content meals it's nice to eat on the greener side.

On another note we've got a great new cat Lloyd who just moved into our place. He had no where else to go so we took him in. We had another cat here before, Steve, but he went back to his owner so it's nice to have another hanging around. Which is pretty much all he does. So far he seems to be settling in fairly nicely, but since he previously an outdoor cat, the indoor life is proving to be challenging. Especially when he's only got a few hundred feet to wander around in. I think we'll be needing to buy a cat-tree soon! He's become a bit neurotic and has taken to attacking legs and feet at all hours and tearing around the place even though we've invested in a catnip-infused scratcher, various fake mice, and make string-fluff chaser things but maybe that's just the way it is with cats.