telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


Gasoline Budget Explodes

I thought I'd share an interesting observation. Sure, we all know that gas prices are high. Sure, we feel the pinch at the pumps. I checked through our gas purchases, and compared 2 months of use.

I picked February, where people weren't griping so terribly about gas, and June, when we realized we were fully ensconced in a gas price explosion.

Neither the Wiz or I are full time commuters. We don't go anywhere exciting all that often, meaning there aren't lazy drives in the country on a Sunday.
In February, our gas bill was $360. In June, the cost had risen to $630. Wow, that's $270 that just disappeared. Poof. Losing an extra $270 every month. That's a big deal. A Really Big Deal. I was wondering why our checking account seemed anorexic for the past few months. I wanted to just attribute it to unexpected purchases, but this is bigger. More Insidious.

That's an additional $3200 a year that's going to go somewhere that's not my bank account. That's like having another Christmas kick you in the ass. That's the annual budget for kid activities (ie. karate and horseback riding and soccer)

We've got 2 vehicles, one, admittedly, isn't terribly efficient (Nissan Pathfinder), but my Toyota Matrix is pretty darned small and economical. Unless all 5 of us have to go somewhere, (chickadees + dog), we normally take the Matrix. The Wiz lives less than 20km from work. We've got a year left on the Pathfinder lease, will we still be able to afford to drive it soon?

Today the price per litre rose again to $1.37.

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