June 8, 2000

Registrations and Warranties



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

Some days it does not pay to get out of bed. Today was one of those days.

It all started rather innocently last evening when the doorbell rang. We were both sitting in the living room and Attila answered the door. I heard him talking to a woman who was canvassing for an unfamiliar charitable organization. I called from my chair that we should take a pamphlet so that we could make an informed decision at our leisure. The pamphlet was very poorly designed and executed, and described someone having a sudden health problem, spina bifida, during middle age. The story just did not sit right with me.

I decided to visit their web site to get more information. They did not have a web site. I did a search for their name; no results were yielded from a variety of search engines. I called Revenue Canada who officiates the registration of charitable organizations; their office would not be open until the following morning. I called the local police department to see if this organization was listed as fraudulent; it was not on their list.

This morning I called Revenue Canada and was informed that the Registration Number for this organization is not registered with Revenue Canada. I called the police station to let them know. They sent an officer over to take my statement and pick up the pamphlet. A nice young man, the officer, entered my statements into his laptop, locked the file, and had me sign an acknowledgment. Later in the day, he called me to say that their research had revealed that the organization was registered with the province, although not yet with Revenue Canada. I took down the contact number of the provincial registration authority for future reference and thanked the officer for his quick and efficient handling of the matter.

Yesterday marked the beginning of a second problem as well. The car made it to the garage in plenty of time for its scheduled service appointment. However, it seems that the expensive extended warranty we purchased with the car two years ago became void. The annual checkup was not done last year when the car went in for servicing, the warranty was voided, and I found out about it yesterday.

After a lot of fuss and bother, the dealership and I eventually came to a mutually acceptable solution that reinstates the warranty at some cost to both of us. I hope the fuss and bother is over, but will not be entirely comfortable until the car goes in next Tuesday to be prepared for a new warranty contract, and comes home again. If there is bother, I will be writing more, if there is not the matter will fade from memory.

The bright note of the day is that "The Teenager", of her own free will, indulged in doing homework. She typed a project that her history group had written, edited and formatted the text, and moved it onto a diskette to be printed from my Mac. She and I checked the editing once more prior to printing, made a few adjustments and then, miraculously, a piece of homework had been completed.

Perhaps an everyday event in some households, but at our house this is a momentous occasion; to be savored and stored away as one of the fond memories that motherhood affords. It is not quite the epiphany I had envisioned for "The Teenager", but it may be the beginning of a brave new world.

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Dogwood by Maggie Turner


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by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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