Friday, October 08, 2010

Moncton High School students and staff to be moved

This is the text of a news release issued today by School District 2:

"Students and staff will be moved out of Moncton High School for the remainder for the school year, District 2 Superintendent Karen Branscombe announced today.

The move is to allow for a thorough assessment and remediation of concerns about the state of the building.

“We have had more than 240 work orders from this school in the last year and a half, and a list of concerns that continues to grow,” Branscombe said. “Moving staff and students out will allow us to do a thorough assessment and properly address concerns. It’s simply more efficient for both those doing the remediation and for those trying to teach and learn.”

District 2 has been working on a contingency plan which will be implemented in two phases. At the end of October, grade 11 and 12 students and teachers will move to Edith Cavell Community School. A total of 235 kindergarten-grade eight students will move to Queen Elizabeth School to make room for the additional Moncton High School students.

On November 15, grade 9 and 10 students will begin at the new Northrop Frye School. Students from Magnetic Hill and Evergreen Park schools had been scheduled to move into the new school in 2011. Instead, the schools, which have been operating as one school, will readjust to operate as two separate schools with some slight changes to class make-up.

Parents are being notified by voice mail of the changes and are encouraged to check school and District websites. Further details will also be sent home with students next week when school reopens. Public meetings will also be held at each of the impacted schools."

Charlieissocoollike: Bungee jump

Thursday, October 07, 2010

RIP Pauly Fuemana, a.k.a. OMC

I just today learned of the untimely death of New Zealand singer Pauly Fuemana, a.k.a. OMC, who had the smash pop hit How Bizarre back in 1995. To this date, it is the top-selling New Zealand song of all time. Fuemana died on January 10 at the young age of 40 due to a battle with "chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy", according to his Wikipedia entry. His was one of the few albums that I listened to over and over.

In search of a hobby with all the right elements...

Hump Day
By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Moncton Times & Transcript
Editorial section

I need a craft-related hobby. Oh sure, I watch TV - probably a bit too much, actually. Always have, especially when I was a kid.

I have to laugh whenever people tell me that they also watched a lot of TV when they were kids. "Oh honey," I'd say in my most deprecating tone, "I know you think you did, but nothing can hold a candle to my staring at the TV for hours on end watching anything and everything."

Then they would try to argue with me by telling me they would spend hours in front of the TV too. It's at this point that I just hold my hand over their mouth and whisper, "Shhhh! Don't embarrass yourself. Just shhhh... I told you that no one can hold a candle to my TV watching. Just accept it and move on."

I think you get the drift that I was a real addict. With technology, though, these days I watch what I want to thanks to recording devices that weren't available when I was a kid. No more watching shows I don't even like just for something to do!

So, like I said, I'm thinking of taking up a hobby that will force me to use my hands. I'm online way too much as it is, so something computer-related is out, although maybe blogging about my hobby is a possibility.

Hmmm... I wrote the word "candle" earlier. Maybe I could make candles? One of my favourite childhood Christmas gifts was a candle-making kit. It was lots of fun. But let's face it, there are only so many candles a person can use. And since I never burn candles and there are so many varieties on the market for friends and family to choose, I don't think I'll bother.

I could take up buying model kits and putting together cars, ships and airplanes. Nope. Not a good idea. My sausage fingers wouldn't work too great with those small parts and super glue. And besides, I really like the smell of model glue and would get addicted. I'm pretty sure the authorities would eventually find me naked in a ditch with weird little plastic parts of models stuck to my body.

That would be a bit difficult for my family to explain to the funeral home, wouldn't it? "Oh the plastic 1957 Chevy chassis glued to his forehead? Uhm... well, he was born that way. It's a really rare birth defect."

Another childhood Christmas gift was a wood-burning kit. Lovely smell. Like a fireplace. Horrible on the fingers, though. I'm pretty sure I'd be able to get away with murder -- literally -- because my fingerprints were permanently burned off after hours of play and mishaps.

There's scrapbooking. Do men do that? I'm not sure. I know every second woman I talk to "scraps." I have a cousin who's a scrapbooking maniac.

If you cut your finger while chopping carrots you wake up the next morning with a 50-page scrapbook of the incident left at your door, complete with photos, dried bloody carrots arranged in the form of a heart on the cover and a photo of the person who donated blood to you, including their family tree back to the birth of Moses.

Woodworking? Uhm, no. I made a pitiful little shelf during shop class in junior high school. That was enough for me. I don't have the patience to sand wood. Everything I would make would give people splinters. "Tommy, give your Uncle Brian a hug for the nice bird feeder he made you for your birthday! Oops... it fell in the fireplace! Darn!"

In search of a possible hobby, I walked through a large crafts store on the weekend looking at the wide variety of things I could do.

Maybe I could paint? No. Again, I'd likely get addicted to the smell of the paints and be seen walking around town with a nose that looked like a rainbow. Besides, I think the world already has enough bad amateur paintings of bowls of fruit.

What about bead work? No, again my sausage fingers and those tiny little beads wouldn't mix well. I'd end up sitting in the corner and sobbing like a crazy person. That's what happens to a sausage-fingered person when they only manage to get three beads on a string for every six hours they work at it.

Actually, I've been half thinking of taking up knitting. Men knit, right? According to my online research we certainly do, but I don't have the patience to knit clothing and there are only so many scarves that I can churn out before everyone I know owns one. There's also crochet work, which could be interesting. Want an afghan? Maybe I'll learn how to make one. Everyone likes afghans, right?

Quilting is an option. Again, not normally something men do, but who cares? So many different things can be used for quilting. Old men's silk neckties are an interesting option. Search online for photos. So unique! Who doesn't love a good quilt? But it takes up so much space and, again, I'm not sure if I'd be able to part with a quilt after labouring over it for so long. "You did what on top the quilt I made? You filthy people!"

Oh, I don't know what to do. I refuse to read instructions, so buying a book and learning on my own is out. And taking a class could eat into valuable TV watching time... so I guess those ugly quilts and hideous scarves will have to wait for now.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

This week's Hump Day column...

... is about my search for a new hobby. I'm a busy person with lots on the go, but I feel the need to learn a new craft-related hobby -- something I can make with my hands. Do men knit? (Boy, doesn't the guy above look happy?) Maybe crochet? Maybe candle-making? Car models? Woodworking?

Whatever I choose, it had better not take time away from watching TV! :)

Watch for Hump Day in the editorial section of the Moncton Times & Transcript every Wednesday! It will be posted online here tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

A special message to gay youth from Glee's Chris Colfer

Billboard #1 songs on this date...

25 years ago (1985): "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits

20 years ago (1990): "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" by Phil Collins

15 years ago (1995): "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal

10 years ago (2000): "Jumpin' Jumpin'" by Destiny's Child

5 years ago (2005): "Shake It Off" by Mariah Carey

Monday, October 04, 2010

Win an iPad!

When Moncton orthodontist Dr. Michel Martin's Facebook page reaches 500 members, he'll give away an iPad to one lucky person. Click on the photo to visit his Facebook page.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Breaking news: Fire at Tri Province Enterprises on Toombs Street in Moncton

Courtesy of Moncton YouTuber Newschasher, here's some video footage of a fire happening this evening at the Tri Province Enterprises recycling depot on Toombs Street in Moncton's Lewisville/Humphrey area.

Love story between a dog and a cat