Old Red Jacket Talker

Just an old RCMP dispatcher’s ramblings . . .

Regina, AB – Really?

I recently clicked on a link to a site that was offering to supply 100 minutes of free long distance calling for your cell phone. The program is called ‘VoiceItAll’ and is put out by Canadian Tire. You can view the site at: VoiceItAll.

The program sounded a bit interesting for any of us who only use their cell once in awhile for long distance calling. So I looked around at the site a bit more. Eventually I found a link to check for local access numbers that you have to call first before you get your free long distance calling. The page for the access numbers is found at: Voice To Text.

A quick click on the link takes you to Dial In Numbers. Once you choose your country (in my case Canada) and then you have a list of local access numbers for the provinces in Canada. As I scrolled down the page I came to ‘Regina, AB’. The number actually looks like a Regina, SK number as it is prefixed with the area code of ‘306’ and the ‘564’ is a Regina, SK local number. I did take a picture of the page just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

I wasn’t aware that Saskatchewan has now become part of Alberta! Those darn politicians, what else are they not telling us?

Seriously, you would think a company as large as Canadian Tire would actually know what province Regina is in.

As a side note, to use this service you need to call the local access number which in my case would be Regina, AB. Even if it was where it should actually be, ie Regina, SK; it would be still a long distance call for me. So I would have to call long distance to get a long distance saving plan. Something doesn’t seem right about this thought….

Oh well, I keep looking and surfing around.

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August 13, 2010 Posted by | Phones | Leave a comment

A Little Strange

For the first time in over two years I actually had a morning off on Wednesday. I found a young fellow who wants to deliver the papers, however, he doesn’t want to do it when school starts. I figured what the heck, let him do it for August and give my old legs a few days rest. I took Stefan out last Friday and Saturday and let him go solo on Wednesday. Of course I got up to make sure he actually got up to deliver the papers, which he did.

I had spoken to his parents and they were behind Stefan all the way so I figured I’d have no problem at home. His dad leaves for work around 6:00 a.m. normally, so I figured he would make sure that Stefan was up and at em. So far, so good.

Seeing as Stefan is going to handle the papers, I figured I might as well head to the lake this weekend and try to get the roof sealed a bit more. Craig, Sam and I were making the plans and wouldn’t you know it, the Hardware called at 5:00 p.m. and wondered if I was available this weekend. I hated to say it, but I did advise them that I was planning on the lake this weekend to finish up the roof. I know how much Vickie and Kevin enjoy a weekend off and I wish I could have helped them out this weekend, but I also don’t want to have my hard work from last week go to vain. Craig and I ripped up the whole floor at the lake and installed 11 sheets of 4 X 8 plywood last weekend. We need to cover it with some flooring, but first we need to ensure no water is getting thru the roof, hence the trip this weekend to seal the roof.

However, back to my morning walks . . . This morning I did in fact have to make the 3 mile walk as I needed to deliver the flyers this morning. This wasn’t part of my deal with Stefan, so I handled it. I also need to deliver the Sun’s on Monday as that wasn’t part of my deal with Stefan. Still with him delivering the papers I can at least snooze a bit longer (once I’m sure he is doing okay). Of course at the end of the month I’ll take over the route once again and do my morning chore throughout the winter. My thoughts are that next spring I will hang up my paper bag and someone else can look after it. Four years is just about enough… I’ll miss the morning walks, but I’m sure I can find time to take a leisurely stroll throughout the day …

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Lake | Leave a comment