Old Red Jacket Talker

Just an old RCMP dispatcher’s ramblings . . .

It Is True

A lot of friends and neighbours have been telling me that we should head to the lake more often. So after work on Saturday, we did exactly that. Weather was perfect with no rain in the forecast what so ever.

I did have one small chore to do while at the lake and that was to replace the main door. Surprising enough myself and my bro-in-law got it changed with no major hiccups.

Other than that, just lots of sitting by the fire swapping tales and just enjoying the scenery…

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August 3, 2011 Posted by | Lake | 1 Comment

A Few Posies Made It

Even with the cool weather a few flowers managed to grow in the backyard. . .

July 1, 2011 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment

Weird Damn Weather

What strange weather we have been having of late. Heck, this morning at about 11:30 a.m. I went into the washroom at home and ‘what the hell!, the furnace cut in’. I know it was a bit misty this morning at 6:00 a.m. when I went out for my hour walk, but it wasn’t that bad. I certainly didn’t feel it was ‘furnace weather’.

Then this afternoon I was out in the backyard with a tee-shirt on checking out if my grass needed cutting yet or not. Yup, it needs cutting. So the grass is growing already, yet we still need our furnace for heat in the house. I guess this is what the global warming is doing for us 😦

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment

Spring Might Be Coming

The way the weather has been lately, it has seemed that spring would never arrive in this part of the world.  Lo and behold we have actually had a bit of sun the last couple of days and the snow is melting away.  The forecast is for even warmer temperatures for the rest of the week.

Another sure sign that the weather is changing happened this morning on my early morning walk.  About half way through the walk I heard a faintly remembered sound coming from a tree.  I stopped and looked around and sure enough, high up in the tree sat a solidary robin chirping away.  What a great sound/sight to find on a Monday morning.

My one thought was ‘oh great spring is actually starting to happen’.  Then my thoughts turned to the poor robin.  It is going to be darn hard to find any worms around here for a while as the ground is still frozen solid.  Hopefully the robin will find enough left over berries and whatnot to tide him over until the ground softens up a bit.

What a great way to start off a Monday morning Smile

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment

Nasty Fake Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

It appears there is another fake rogue anti-spyware program that has just popped up.  The program gives you a ‘Fake Microsoft Security Essentials’ warning that you are infected.  The end result is you do get infected by ‘Windows Process Regulator’ and it doesn’t want to go away peacefully.

Any ‘exe’ files will start to run and then shut off.  So trying to fix up with Malwarebytes doesn’t cut it.  Even trying to use your Task Manager to ‘end task’ the beast doesn’t work.  Eventually I did find a site that explained how to cure this ‘nasty’.  If you have another computer, then you can view the site and work on your infected computer.  Go to Remove Windows Process Regulator and follow along the instructions.  There are other sites out there, so you can just do a search for ‘remove windows process regulator’ and I’m certain you will find something to help.

You want to get the RKill installed on your computer first.  Be aware that some of the RKill install files will not work with the Process Regulator running.  Try a few of them.  I saved them to a USB stick on a good computer and then ran the file on the infected computer.  I did have to try 4 different files before I could get one to work.  The one that worked for me was the WiNlOgOn.exe download link.  Hopefully you can find one to work for you from the link above.  Once you have the file on your infected computer, run it and let it ‘kill’ the processes.  You then need to download and run the ‘shell.reg’ file.  Once that is done, you can then effectively run Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware and clean up your computer.  I always like to run SuperAntispyware (or SpyBot, or AdAware, etc) after the Malwarebyte’s to ensure I have gotten rid of the ‘nasty’.

Some will wonder why your Anti-Virus doesn’t protect you from this threat.  You will find that this isn’t a virus but malware, so your anti-virus probably won’t sound a warning for you.  The end result for this thing is dropping a Trojan onto your computer which is trying to get your login information for you banking, etc. 

Damn I hate people that create these things Sad smile

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Computer Information | Leave a comment

Town of Hanley – FaceBook Page

The Town is in the process of creating a FaceBook page.  It is intended to enter pertinent information on the page for residents so they are more aware of what is happening in the Town that may affect the citizens.

The page can be viewed at: 

Town of Hanley Facebook

The page also contains ‘Discussions’ that citizens can participate in and let their views be known.  So take a look and if you feel it is worthwhile, click on ‘Like’ at the top of the page.

March 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Long Winter

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m finding this winter has been exceptionally long. Its not that we have had an excessive amount of blizzards or crappy weather, it just seems to be have started early and has hung on, and on, and on.

Remembering back when I was a kid (13 – 14 years) and having to walk from mom’s place to dad’s which was across the city in March.  This would have been about 1963-65.  Yes I wore a winter jacket, but it was unzipped, no mitts, no togue, and most definitely no winter boots.  Just running shoes.  I can remember the slush and all that, but I also remember the clean sidewalks and open streets.  Not like now, where you can hardly find a clean sidewalk in Saskatoon even though there is a bylaw to ensure the sidewalks are shoveled.  Mom lived on Avenue J just off of 20th Street and dad lived on the eastside by the Grosvenor Park shopping center so it was quite a walk (normally a couple hours).  But at this time of the year (3rd week of March), at least you were getting a sniff of spring.  That just isn’t happening this year or is it just me and old age catching up with me?

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Family, Weather | Leave a comment

Small band, big salaries

I find the pay that some of the Saskatchewan First Nations chiefs and councillors that are reported recently in the local newspaper seem to be quite a bit out of line with what happens in the rest of our province and I’m sure all small towns throughout Canada.  Using the example from the Saskatoon Star Phoenix article Small band, big salaries, a base salary of $94,977 for a councillor for a First Nation of 434 people is certainly out of line with what a councillor in a small town in Saskatchewan would receive. 

Using the example in the article for a First Nation with the population of 434 would be comparable to the Town of Hanley which has a population of 468.  The councillors in the Town of Hanley receive $100 per month if they attend a council meeting.  If the councillor doesn’t attend the monthly meeting then they receive zero.  So if the councillor attends every meeting in the year they would receive $1200.00.  For any outings that the councillor attends in the community (or other functions/duties) there is no extra pay, just the $100 for attending the monthly Town Council meeting.  Compare that to the First Nations salary of $94,977.00 and you definitely can see the problem.

Of course the small town councillor’s salary is paid by taxes by the citizens of the Town.  With the First Nation the salary comes from the Federal Government who of course gets the money to pay the First Nation councillor from the income taxes of small town Saskatchewan people and others throughout the country.  So how many First Nation people that live and work on the reserve pay property taxes?  I would say very few or probably none. 

It sure doesn’t appear to be rocket science why so many people feel there is just something definitely wrong with this situation.

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Newspaper | Leave a comment

Hearts A Tickin

What a nice morning for a walk-a-bout.  When I left it was –6C and the ground was frozen so it was easier to walk then in the mud of the last couple of days.  Not much of a moon out there so it was a bit darker than normal, but the stars were shining brightly.

I started out with a smaller dog come running and snarling at me within 1 minute of starting off.  Neighbour was out with his 3 dogs to let them have a pee break.  They are all smaller type animals.  One of them got loose of his leash and came charging at me snarling away.  At least the neighbour was right there to take control of his dog.   After all I sure didn’t want to put a size 12 down it’s throat so early in the morning Sad smile

 

I finally got to the far edge of town and was walking up to this one house that has a lot of trees and bush around the doorway.  The streets are quite dark as well.  The owner has a homemade mailbox made out of wood and is fairly large to accommodate a couple days papers.  Just as I reached to drop off the paper his motion light finally came on and out jumped a cat that had been sitting on the mailbox.  The cat headed one way and I looked to head the other way.  Of course my heart was just a racing but at least I didn’t scream. 

I did mutter an obscenity however and had my head on a swivel for the rest of the walk home . . .

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Newspaper, Weather | Leave a comment

Foggy Out There

Holy smokes but is it ever foggy out there this morning.  Then add in the melting that occurred yesterday and it is slippery as all get out.

My paper guy was late again this morning due to the fog.  He also ran into a big old skunk and had a hard time driving with tears in his eyes.  He tried hanging his head out the window but then the tears just froze to his face and he still couldn’t see.  At least after my drop he is on the homeward bound leg of his night  He usually starts at about 10 p.m. and done by 7-8 a.m.

Now I actually get a night off.  My only night of the week that I don’t have to go out and clean.  Then the only day I don’t have to get up early is tomorrow morning.  I’m on a roll Smile

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Weather | Leave a comment