Return to Sunday


As my friend Peter McAsh says, “If it’s Sunday, you must be at Leamington Raceway”. And, indeed I was this past Sunday afternoon. It was eventful for a couple of reasons; for me, it was the first time wearing my new contact lenses instead of glasses.

While the track is outside, it’s still required that you have a mask for entry although it appears to be optional to wear it at all times. With the colder weather, fogging up glasses is a reality but contacts made it a breeze. It was also “Harness the Hope and Women’s Driving Challenge Day.” There was the most people at the track I’ve seen in life forever and apparently there was a record amount of money wagered. I didn’t get rich but came home with more in my pocket than when I got there and that’s always a good thing. Spectacular racing once again, horses and fans dressed in pink, and a race that went in 1:56:4. It was a great afternoon.

But, harness racing wasn’t the only game in town.

On the way there, I noticed that the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village has a nice collection of cars in the parking lot. It’s always a favourite destination for us.

Coming home, I took Concession 3 through Kingsville just to look at the trees and farms. I was quite surprised with a huge collection of cars parked on both sides of the roads. Allsop’s Farm had all kinds of people enjoying their fall activities. It appeared that people were even parking at Jack Miner Public School and hiking down the road to get there.

Speaking of Jack Miner, as soon as I crossed Division Road, I could see that the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary had its own large crowd as part of the Kingsville Migration Festival. It’s a great place to visit and the trails are dog friendly.

While watching the evening news, it was great to see that the local CTV affiliate had been out to cover the harness racing. The local newspaper also celebrated with all kinds of pictures of Open Streets Windsor.

As I sit back and reflect, I’m just so happy to see the return and support for the great things that are back in operation. We’re not out of this COVID situation yet but we seem to be handling it well; numbers continue to lower and people are getting back into the swing of life again. Albeit now mostly vaccinated and masked.

Fall is always a great season. We always seem to want to gear up and pile on joy because we know that Winter is coming and many of the things that we entertain ourselves with aren’t possible. Even in a normal year, most of the Fall events are outside anyway so it’s a natural.

How did you enjoy the weekend?

My Week Ending 2021-10-17


Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


Readings 

You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.

Sunday

  • I totally agree with this summary of web trends and how they’re irritating. The article suggests some ways to address them
  • Bixby comes to Windows. I’m one of those people who don’t use voice assistants all that often except maybe to set a timer. I can type more accurately than I can speak

Monday

  • In these days when we want to “social everything”, it’s an interesting read for teachers and student privacy
  • As logical as this advice seems to be, what do you do when a student just comes out and asks?

Tuesday

  • The advice here is pretty good if you want to run Firefox on your Chromebook but you really need a beefy Chromebook to get the performance you want
  • This is a great little article if you want to do some professional learning on your own – I’ll bet you see the best teachers you ever had in here

Wednesday

  • In case you were looking to hire a hacker, here’s the going rates
  • If you never took Astronomy, you can catch up with Google Sky Map

Thursday

  • If it’s time for you to explore the Great Wall of China but you don’t have the money to fly there, Google has you covered
  • I think microcredentialing is a terrific idea, particularly for ongoing professional learning within a school district

Friday

  • If you’re from the Essex County area and would like to adopt a dog, check this out
  • I’m not a real fan of using Emoji so probably wouldn’t have even noticed that they’re not 3D in Windows 11

Saturday

  • I was guilty of distro hopping and tried many before I landed on Linux Mint and it’s been my goto ever since. Well, I also have Ubuntu on multiboot too…
  • This article claims to have all the things that have changed from Windows 10 to Windows 11

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.


#FollowFriday – October 15, 2021

https://wke.lt/w/s/KR3iL-


voicEd Radio

This is a mostly weekly radio conversion with Stephen Hurley on voicEd Radio where we talk about some recent writing from Ontario Education bloggers. It turns into a Friday blog post. Here are the people you need to be following.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Nilmini Ratwatte Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Joel McLean – @jprofNB
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Kristy – @2peasandadog
  • Paul Gauchie – @PCMalteseFalcon
  • Mike Washburn – @misterwashburn

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the shows are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.


Technology Troubleshooting

You might not know this because you don’t do a #FollowFriday marathon thingy like I do. Twitter, for the most part will come up with suggestions when you’re typing a person’s handle. It really speed the process.

It’s recently got better.

Before, it would work well and then just stop working for a bit. At that point, I’d have to type the whole name and do it accurately. It would only show up as a mistake when I pulled together the Wakelet of all of the messages I sent.

Things have got better on Twitter’s end and it now suggests for the whole hour that I devote to doing this on Friday morning. It makes the finished product look so much better.

Look at that – not a mistake in the bunch I captured or the whole collection.

https://wke.lt/w/s/KR3iL-


Video of the Week

I had to learn this the hard way.


Photo of the Week

My daughter’s Christmas Moose out on Thanksgiving

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.

dp

This blog post was originally posted at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com/

Reason, but no rhyme – and that’s OK


Thanksgiving is always a interesting holiday around here. There is no doubt that, in these times, a step back from the ongoing societal challenges is necessary for all. Thanksgiving comes at a nice time to make it happen.

Unlike other holidays, I’ve never felt that there was a templated approach to celebrating it and this year was no exception. Coming from a large family on my dad’s size, we would celebrate in various locations and times. My mom’s family size was a little smaller but it did get shifted around. A lot of the shifting was about who would hold Thanksgiving and who would hold Christmas.

As we got older, these family events shifted to other times and we celebrated Thanksgiving at home – mostly. When you date a girl from the same town, your parents end up fighting over who got to do Thanksgiving on Sunday and who got the Holiday Monday. That would lead to the inevitable comparisons – whose turkey did you like best? I’ve always prided myself as somewhat smart and would reply “yours of course, Mom”.

University days threw in a new wrinkle. After all, Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest is synonomous in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Even if you don’t hit the Festhalls, the parade on Monday is not to be missed. That made Thanksgiving shifted a day to Saturday and Sunday so that we could be back on Monday to see the parade.

These days, we’re the parents that host the event for our kids. That’s a new wrinkle trying to find a time that fits into their agendas. This year, it was Monday at noon. We had a great day and nobody left looking for more. But, what were we to do? It was so quiet.

Having polished off the dishes, neither of us were ready to dirty up anything again for supper. Plus, it was unbelievably warm and humid. The thermometer said 29 degrees. Even Jaimie had his tongue out. I had the solution.

“Let’s go for a drive”.

Off we went and headed to Leamington and some of our favourite dog walking places – Seacliffe Park and the Leamington Marina.

Leamington Marina, looking south

I had thought that we might top off the day with a burger from Burgess Refreshments but they were closed. We took a spin by Point Pelee National Park and noticed that Birdie’s Perch was open!

It was a lovely drive, the windows were down and the radio cranked up. For the most part, it was just a chance to look around and be together.

It’s later in the evening as I type this. I just took a quick look through Facebook and see that so many of my friends have been places and taken pictures as part of their Thanksgiving Day activities. I enjoyed seeing what everyone else is do.

There’s very little consistency other than doing something. It appears to be a nice and warm day everywhere I see people who are checking in – on condo balconies, with family, in backyards, in a different province with family, canoeing, with friends, …

So, I guess there is no true rhyme to this holiday. But most certainly, the extra day tacked onto this weekend has been a real winner for everyone.

I hope that it’s done its job of helping you recharge and refocus. And, don’t forget the thanks in Thanksgiving. It is the reason for this day. On our drive, we saw quite a few farmers out on the land working so that we have this benefit. It was a real reminder of what the day is truly about.

Happy Thanksgiving


I’d like to take the time to thank everyone profusely for dropping by and reading this blog – daily or periodically – it’s so nice to have you drop by as you can.

Thanksgiving was always a special day in both our families. My wife grew up on a farm so there’s that connection. My family interacted with farms through dad’s work and we were fortunate enough to work on farms as kids. Both of us appreciate the efforts that farmers go through to keep us fed. For them, particularly in these difficult times, thank you so much.

For us these days, we’re trying to make memories for our kids and their families. This year will be no different but I will confess that we go with Butterballs rather than picking out a live turkey as the main event.

In education, I still have remembrances of the week after Thanksgiving and how everyone had turkey sandwiches in their lunch bags. To my wife’s chagrin, my favourite take to work was always peanut butter and jam but I did the turkey thing myself.

In education, Thanksgiving comes at such a significant time. After September which is always a busy month, it’s a day to recharge and reload. To those educators who might be reading this, I hope that you’re taking the most from the day off.

And, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a visit to WKRP. This is quite possibly the best clip ever in comedy television.

However you recognize or celebrate Thanksgiving, really do it.

As our world inches closer to a return to reality, we truly have something to give thanks for this year.

My Week Ending 2021-10-10


Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


Readings 

You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.

Sunday

  • Silly me – I use my Smart television for watching shows and streaming services – there are other things that it can do
  • This is a really important message for teachers about the things that they can do to support mental health – an important thing these days

Monday

  • The biggest social media news last week was the lack of access to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp – but hey, Twitter was good
  • There are all kinds of settings in your browser – here’s a recommended few to change for safety and privacy online

Tuesday

  • The big news around here was the shutdown of the Ambassador bridge because of grenades found in secondary search
  • Bright Lights at Jackson Park in Windsor is awesome and it just might be coming back for this holiday season

Wednesday

  • A heads up that you’re going to need to be vaccinated if you want to fly or take a Via train in the near future
  • My response is that if coding was easy, everyone would be doing it. Serious coding, I mean

Thursday

  • A great opportunity for young ladies to attend the University of Windsor to learn a bit about the field of engineering
  • How cool is this – playing music from Alan Turing’s computer

Friday

  • We’re hearing more and more stories like this where people are being fired/let go for not getting vaccinated. This one from Windsor, Ontario
  • I can remember buying a little device that I blew in to in order to tune my guitar. Now, Google does it

Saturday

  • This is the best good news story about a class act at a secondary school that I’ve read in a long time
  • When I get the nod to upgrade to Windows 11, I’ll be using this almost immediately

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.


#FollowFriday – October 8, 2021

https://wke.lt/w/s/FjKhDo


voicEd Radio

This is a mostly weekly radio conversion with Stephen Hurley on voicEd Radio where we talk about some recent writing from Ontario Education bloggers. It turns into a Friday blog post. Here are the people you need to be following.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Elizabeth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrary
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Jessica Outram – @jessicaoutram
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker
  • Marc Hodgkinson – @Mr_H_Teacher
  • Laura Wheeler – @wheeler_laura
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the shows are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.


Technology Troubleshooting

I suppose that I’m like everyone. You get a cheap set of ear buds with your iPod or other media device. My wonderful wife bought me a pair of Jabra wireless ear buds for a birthday present about a year ago. They are absolutely wonderful but an issue arose and I returned them for replacement. I can’t wait to get them back.

In the meantime, I’m going to Plan B which is wired. How can people live like this? My technique is to run the cable down the back of my shirt while walking and put the device in my hip pocket. A kludge for sure but it keeps me from getting caught in the cable.

The problem is that I’m trying a couple of different white ear buds and the sound is absolutely awful compared to my Jabras. Then, I hit a memory – at the Omaha airport a couple of years ago, I needed a set of ear buds for the flight home. I thought that my white ones were in my suitcase so I went to the airport store and looked around.

I ended up buying a set of Marley ear buds and they’re great. Not great compared to Jabra but certainly much better than the white ones that are thrown in when you purchase a player. I can’t wait to get my new replacement set back though.


Video of the Week

How Colleen Rose looks in a tie…


Photo of the Week

A mushroom crop circle

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.

dp

This blog post was originally posted at:

https://dougpete.wordpress.com/