One of the Many Reasons…

The Wonderful Mrs. J

Everybody loves my wife.

It’s true.

One of the many reasons they do is because she can put me in my place (which is very much appreciated by all, I assure you.

For instance, today a friend of mine e-mailed me this joke…

A young man was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from college. While he was walking through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.

The elephant seemed distressed so the man approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant’s foot. There was a large thorn deeply embedded in the bottom of the foot.

As carefully and as gently as he could he worked the thorn out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man and with a rather stern look on its face, stared at him. For a good ten minutes the man stood frozen — thinking of nothing else but being trampled.

Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away.

The man never forgot that elephant or the events of that day Twenty years later the man was walking through the zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to where they were standing at the rail. The large bull elephant stared at him and lifted it’s front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times, all the while staring at the man.

The man couldn’t help wondering if this was the same elephant. After a while it trumpeted loudly; then it continued to stare at him.

The man summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.

Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of the man’s legs and swung him wildly back and forth along the railing, killing him.

Probably wasn’t the same elephant.

Now I found that joke funny.

Mrs… J on the other hand…

MRS. J: [Obviously not amused.] Hmph.
JORGE: What? Didn’t you find that funny?
MRS. J: [Silence.]
JORGE: At all?
MRS. J: Sometimes I wonder if I don’t have a sense of humour, or if yours is wrong.
JORGE: I like how you’ve made it so that there’s no possible option I can take in which I would win.
[Both of them burst out laughing.]

Mrs. J also has a way of helping me achieve clarity by stating the obvious…

[Jorge and Mrs. J are discussing what sort of beverages they want to take camping. Crystal Lite is fine and dandy, but tastes like plastic, so they are trying to find alternatives…]
MRS. J: What about Tang?
JORGE: That’s cool. But it’s only orange flavoured.
MRS. J: So?
JORGE: Variety.
MRS. J: Oh.
JORGE: If only there was some sort of alternative. Some sort of drink flavours made up with something sweet but not Aspartame. Some sort of Anti-Splenda.
MRS. J: They have that.
JORGE: [Getting excited.] They do?
MRS J: Yes. It’s called sugar.
[Both of them burst out laughing.]

So good!

Zanta Update

Just a short post today.

A certain someone wanted me to let you all know that he has an official site here.

Still Going…Check!

Still Going…

I’ve finally moved over the rest of the Toronto Guide entries, as well as the Fig-tionary.

I don’t know how many more entries I have to move over, seeing as MSN Spaces doesn’t tell you how many posts you have (unless I am missing something).

Seeing as the Toronto Guide is up and running, I was wondering if anyone had any requests? If you don’t know what I mean, go to the Toronto Guide and edumacate yourself.

Then, when you are done, leave a comment here or e-mail me any particular areas of interest that you would like me to write about.

Check This Out!

So, a friend of mine asked me if I could tell you all about his new Space.

If you don’t know who I’m talking about, then you should read this little article I wrote on Zanta.

Word Dave

Word Verification

So Julie wrote something about her experiences with word verification, as did Adrian.

I remembered this afternoon that I actually have been saving one of the funniest word verifications I have had to fill out…

Click to see why this
form was so funny…

While this is funny, it’s also sad because it shows me typing HTML codes…

Long Overdue Dave Convo

This MSN Messenger conversation has been sitting in the bank for a while.

It’s basically part of a late night dialogue between Dave and myself. There was some beer involved…

Click to enlarge…

Needless to say, you may not understand half of that. If you do, though, perhaps you can explain to others in the comments. We’re all about sharing here on Barking Space.

Wasted Time

Wasted Time

Have you ever been hammered and felt like writing down what you’re thinking for all the world to see?

You know what I’m talking about.

Those deep thoughts that surface only when there is enough alcohol to take advantage of their buoyancy. Profound knowledge, ranking among the thoughts of the ages onhy to be found in the state of inebriation.

I know a number of people who wish that there was somewhere that they could jot down these thoughts, without fear or judgement.

Well, Dave and I have created such a place.

Go see*.

* – There is also a link on the sidebar, under the Interest heading.

Storm New Pluggy

The Storm Has Come and Gone

The tornado that was World Cup 2006 has been and gone, leaving in its wake the crushed hopes of many, along with their flags in the gutter*.

The subway is a lot quieter now, as are the streets at night. Far less honking can be heard.

In this post, I stated my disappointment in hooliganism and bandwagon-jumping.

While I still maintain my belief that these types of events can bring out the worst in some, it undeniably has the effect of bringing people together for good times.

My wish would be for those good times to last longer than a week or two…

A New Me

Well, a new look for the blog, anyway.

Actually, it’s an old look for my other blog which seems to work for this one.

I was getting tired of the RSS feeds not displaying properly, and the crazy font shifts. So this new one is here to stay. You like?

Pluggy Pluggy

I would like to direct your attention to the right sidebar. Take a look. I’ll wait.

You done?

Took you long enough.

There you will see a button for Armada Quarterly. It’s an online literary magazine.

It’s a great publication and a lot of work went into it.

Go check it out. You might recognize one of the editors.

They are always looking for submissions…

* – They really have to make those car window flags far more durable. I’ve seen so many of those things fly off and land in the street.

Algonquin Trippers


As you may or may not know, a group of us go on a camping trip every year. In fact, at this moment, both entries about the 2005 camping trip are in the Top Ten post. You can read Part I and Part II to familiarize yourself with this annual ritual.

For the last few years, I have created a DVD of the camping trip, complete with photo slideshows, background material and small videos.

This year, I have prepared a trailer for this year’s trip with the help of a very cool guy. Take a look…

Click to see the trailer
for this year’s camping trip…

How cool is that?