Thursday, September 09, 2010




Eight weeks ago we had ordered a tire cover & front bra for the Jeep from a Jeep site in the States.  This morning Kelly finally called the company to see what the hold up was & of course the voice at the other end, "oh, it's just being shipped out today."  Ya right!!  Also phoned London Trailer Hitch this morning to make arrangements to have our toad towing package transferred from the Santa Fe to the Jeep.  Our Sterling Roadmaster tow bar part is transferrable but the base plate is not, so a new plate has to be ordered from Burnaby, British Columbia.  Hope we are not going to run into problems there!!

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Tuesday got off to another slow start but the highlight of my day was meeting an old friend for coffee in the afternoon.  I don't do much of that sort of thing anymore so it was great to just sit down with my old buddy Jim & catch up with each other's lives again.  I have blogged about my good friend & our marathon coffee blow-outs several times before & our nearly 4 hour chin wag Wednesday was just like the old days when we hung out a lot together.  Distance & lifestyle changes have caused us to drift apart over the past 20 years but every time we get together we pick right up like a couple of mad magpies right from where our last conversation left off a year or so before.  We have always had that best buddy chemistry between us & I always like touching base with Jim every year.


Several weeks ago my Nurse Practitioner suggested reducing my coffee intake from 4 cups a day to two in order to help with my sleeping problem.  Figured that was a good suggestion so picked me up a can of decaffeinated coffee & slowly weaned myself off the regular stuff over the course of a week.  Reached a point where I was not bothered with headaches or scratchy eyes from the lack of caffeine so for the last 3 days have totally skipped my mid morning & evening coffee's with no side affects.  I'm at a point now where I could totally give up drinking coffee if I wished.  Hmmmm, interesting thought but I am wondering if it has had something to do with my low energy levels this week.



And speaking of coffee, I have a big beef with Tim Hortons!!  My friend Jim had given up coffee quite a few years ago so doesn't frequent coffee shops anymore.  When he came into Tim Horton's coffee shop yesterday & saw the size of my coffee cup sitting on the table he couldn't believe how small the coffee cups have become.  I have been aware of Tim Hortons's sneaky way of slowly downsizing their cups over the last bunch of years & I have blogged about that sneakiness before.  Jim's comment yesterday reminded me once again of the dumbing down of Canada's Tim Horton coffee drinkers.  Their price for a cup of coffee slowly creeps up while the size of their coffee cups systematically become smaller.  So, I have a warning for you America!! 



Tim Hortons has been expanding their operations into your country for the last few years & here is where the rub comes in.  When Kelly was in Spencerport last week she went to the new Tim Hortons coffee shop there & was surprised at how big their coffee cups were compared to Canada.  Tim Hortons has gradually dumbed down the Canadian population over the years but they knew they could not successfully branch into the States by setting down tiny sized cups of coffee in front of American people, charging the prices they do & get away with it.  They would have been out of business in a matter of weeks because you people would not have put up with that crap.  But America, I would bet dollars to doughnuts that they will work the same sneaky downsizing plan on you folks over the coming years that they have so successfully used on us Canadians.  I happen to think Tim Horton's coffee is the best but I have never liked their sneaky business ethics.  Tim Hortons is only one of many, many, deceptive companies out there now in this day & age but for today, it's Tim Hortons that's sticking in my craw.  So beware my friends south of the border.....your Tim Horton's coffee cups are destined to be sneakily & systematically downsized over the next few years....mark my words!!  Like I always say.......MINIMUM AMOUNT OF PRODUCT FOR MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF MONEY.  It has become the great (and accepted) North American way!!!!


GROANER'S CORNER:((  The following was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University. Take your time and see if you can read
each line aloud without a mistake.

The average person over 50 years of age cannot do it!
1. This is this cat.
2. This is is cat.
3. This is how cat.
4. This is to cat.
5. This is keep cat.
6. This is an cat.
7. This is old cat.
8. This is Geezer cat.
9. This is busy cat.
10. This is for cat.
11. This is forty cat..
12. This is seconds cat.
Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down:))


Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.

Until one has loved an Animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened.




It is not the concept of God I have a problem's his fan club that causes me grievous concern:((

The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.


  1. Al - I don't know you may be right about the Tim Horton coffee sizes. Glad I don't like expresso. That seems like a lot of money for a small shot...

  2. MMM my coffee cup is huge. I may have an idea about that, I use my refill Tim Hortons mug I bought when they opened here. They fill it for the cost of a large. Price has gone up some here, no surprise, what hasn't? But my mug is the same size as when I bought it.

  3. So I must be an old Geezerette!

    I am so picky about the coffee I drink that I rarely buy it from any restaurant. I blend the beans and grind them every morning, and just love my coffee with 1/2 & 1/2. As long as I'm alive I'm not going to switch or give up my coffee! But I've heard so many raves about Tim Horton's that if I ever saw one I would have to stop and try it. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Your MH interior is so attractive - love that color.

  4. When Horton and Charbucks merge, lookout!!!!

  5. I can't see either of us giving up coffee as we don't seem to have any problem sleeping. When I go to Tim Horton's I'm too busy looking at the donuts to even think about the size of the coffee cups! Next time I go, I'll check this out for sure.

  6. life looking through coffee coloured glasses.. ..darn tim horton's anyway!!..I am not a coffe drinking but Doug has now switched to Mcdonald's coffee..likes it better!!

  7. The farthest west I have seen Tim Hortons here in the states is Ohio. They haven't reached MO. yet. I had to try some when I layed over in Zanesville Ohio and I must say it was a good cup of coffee, I even brought a bag of it home, (now long gone) for Donna to try.I guess if there is a Timmy's in the Scranton PA. area I will get some more on my trip up there next month.What does this have to do with them dumbing down,Don't know, but it gave me a hell of a subject for a comment.Hey be safe out there my friend. Sam & Donna.

  8. Mmmmm Tim Hortons! I don't care about the price...give me my coffee! =)

  9. Hey AL...I have noticed this over the years and their service has become very lousy compared when they were rounding up new customer base. What has my neckers in a knot is the toilette paper thing that has happened this past summer. They have stole have an inch (or there bouts) in width and the price also went up!!! Now i have to use more to keep the shit off my hands! They are making fools out of the new era. BiLL

  10. Haha! Only took me three lines to realize what the groaner was about! Of course, I'd already had my coffee when I got that far. The Best Western motel here in Tonopah offers a free hot breakfast and coffee all day! Yum.

  11. Your Morning Pond photo looks like one that would be used in a jigsaw puzzle!

    Never have been a coffee drinker, so they'll have to figure out another way to make me dumb. :)

  12. Tim Hortons isn't the only one...What used to be a 20lb.bag of Kingsford chacoal for 6.99 is now an 18lb bag for the same price...and this is called marketing....I call it being deceptive.....
    and yes, we got your email about the ranch,thanks. We can't plan anything with my sister being ill..We will fly by the seat of our RV!!

  13. Hey Al, remember my post about the "dumbing down" of the toilet paper industry??? The small coffee cups are just a way of getting us accustomed to less and less while paying more.
    Next will be gasoline where the BP folks will try to convince us that a US Gallon is 120 ounces.

  14. It's great to see that you guys painted and remodeled inside your rig...I am in the middle of painting (actually started last year in Kansas) and we are taking out the carpet....who in the world does RV interior design and makes most of them so ugly?