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Odds and Ends No. 3

Updated on February 21, 2013

Hodge Podge - A Pot Luck Stew !!!

Well the long awaited 3rd Edition of Odds and Ends is here at last. So, settle down with your coffee, beer or whatever else you drink and enjoy this lens.

This lens was made especially for you, and at a great deal of expense and energy to me ... well, maybe that is stretching things a bit!

Have fun and please leave me a comment when finished.

Canada and the United States

Nope - They are not the same !!!

On the surface it seems that there is little difference. Certainly, walking down the streets on any city, it appears to be the same. Both wear pretty much the same style of clothing. In both you can easily find McDonald's, Burger King and KFC. There is much similarity in the architecture of the modern buildings, the transportation we use, the type of boats and ships in the harbours, etc.

But, my friend, there are indeed differences. Americans favour American-made cars whereas Canadians lean toward Japanese. Americans like Country Music and Rap. Canadians like Light Rock and Folk. Many Americans claim the 2nd Amendment (the right to bare arms) - Canada has no such thing as a 2nd Amendment and most Canadians deplore guns.

Both countries have two main languages. Canada has English and French. The US has English and Spanish.The currency is different. Canadians no longer have a $1 nor $2 bill - they are coins in Canada. The bills are all of a green shade in the US ... in Canada the bills are various colours and now changing to plastic.

Canadians love hockey. Not so much in the United States - they prefer baseball or football.

The judicial systems are quite similar (being based for the most part on the British system) but the political systems are quite different. The US elects a President who serves for 4 years - can serve a maximum of 8. In Canada we elect a Prime Minister who, if his party doesn't hold the majority of seats in the House of Commons, could be "booted out" at any time. He can serve as long as he wishes provided he gets the votes.

I'm sure there are many other differences and if you, the reader, thinks of something I overlooked, please mention it in the comments area. Thanks.

Jeff Dunham, Peanut and Jalapeno on a Stick

Have you ever met Jeff Dunham, Peanut and Jalapeno on a Stick?

You haven't? Live under a rock, do you?

Here is something that should enhance your life ... at least for a few mintues.

Who or What are You Anyway?

It is my belief that you have always existed and always will. I don't mean in the human sense but in a cosmic sense. The human mind is limited in its capacity to conceptualize what life is all about.

Consider a person driving a car - it is not the car that moves forward or backwards nor is it the car that arrives at its destination or causes an accident along the way. Neither does the car injure others on its journey. It is the person who is driving the car.

Now, take that idea and use it in conjunction with you, the human being. Your body is the vehicle but something inside is driving it - that something is your soul. It is responsible for where you travel and for any dents and accidents along the way.

Your journey on your road of life can be easy or bumpy - much of which depends upon the attitude and objectives of the soul within.

Free or Inexpensive Gift Ideas

So, you're short on cash or maybe just to cheap to lay some money out for your Wedding Anniversary, or brother's Birthday or whatever.

Here's some ideas to keep up appearances and stay out of hot water.

  1. Write a poem or a short story concerning the person
  2. Download some free music, books or movies and put on a CD
  3. Give a coupon for free baby sitting ,laundry, gardening, housekeeping, walking the dog, etc
  4. Give away something you no longer want but know the other person can use.

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Ziggy Two Step: Courier Extraordinaire

Did you know I write short stories?

This is my favourite and can be found on Smashwords.It is rated 4.18 out of 5 by 8 people. You can even get it free just by e-mailing moonfish@eastlink.ca and asking for the coupon.

Here's a description of it:

Who would ever have imagined that being a bicycle courier could be so exciting, dangerous and demanding? Ziggy Two Step is oblivious to most of what is happening around him even though he is often the cause of it. Follow Ziggy Two Step, courier extraordinaire, as he delivers urgent packages throughout Riverton.

Sponsoring a Child in a Developing Country

There are many organizations which help feed, educate and provide medical services to poor children all over the world. My partner Jane and I do so through World Vision. It costs us very little money but rewards us ten-fold emotionally.

Do you currently sponsor a needy child in a poor country?

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Tomato Mush on Toast

Today, we will start with a Basic Canadian Dish.

We'll keep it simple (especially for you dumb city-slickers).

It's my famous Tomato Mush on Toast. Here's the recipe (I've typed it slowly 'cos I know some of you can't read quickly):

Ya get yourself a large can of diced tomatoes (as opposed to carded ones) - then ya get 4 to 6 eggs (you'll have to judge how much juice you want, the more eggs, the less juice). That's the basic concoction.

To that you add the extra ingredients that you like - I suggest onions, ground pepper and some small pieces of green pepper. When ya got it all in a bowl, ya beat the heck out of it (make sure the eggs are out of the shells first).

Then pour it into a frying pan that has a small bit of oil (cooking oil, you dummy) and turn the burner on (duh ...). Place frying pan on burner and wait until the eggs, tomato and stuff start to come to a slow boil.

Now you're ready to pour it over some toast (I assume you know how to make toast). For those of you who find that the tomato mush slides off the toast - use a plate (shhhheeeeee).

Enjoy !!!

Southern Carolina Lassie wins Golden Heart

The 1st Golden Heart Award was recently held on Baffin Island on a glorious June evening that was 48F (and yes that was the temperature because we Googled it just before the event took place).

What a tremendous gathering we had at the Caribou Conference Centre. For those of you who missed it, go to the lens entitled The Golden Heart Awards.

The recipient who won the very first Golden Heart was well-dsesrving of it. The event was almost marred by Captain Zap who tried to insinuate that the recipient provided "special favours" to the judge. No-one believes it though because The Judge would never take advantage of anyone nor accept bribes of any knid.

There will be a 2nd Golden Heart Award given out sometime in July (probably before July 20th) as Zut Moon will be going on a World Tour soon thereafter. How could a mere mortal like you win a Golden Heart? You will just have to go the the original lens and find out what the criteria are. When there, you can also discover who won the very first one.

What is your position in the Kingdom of Zutville?

Are you a loyal subject of the King or are you a threat? Answer 5 simple qestions and you and the King will know.

The Wild West

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Who is this Dude?

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Answer to The Wild West

That dude happens to be Billy the Kid

Zut's New Cottage

As some of you know, we just recently bought ourselves a new cottage. Here it is folks. All my friends are welcome to come and stay for a night or two - just give us a weeks notice before you arrive.

(Note - We did buy a cottage but this is not it. This, however, is down the road about 15 or so miles from us. You might have to blow this photo up a bit to really see it but it is rather unique, to say the least).

Demographics of "Zut" worshipers

After about 6 months or so of Zut Radio Broadcasts and Zut Moon lenses, I got to thinking - I wonder what nationality most of our fans are?

So, with this in mind, I ask you to please indicate by voting in the appropriate spot below.

Please indicate your Nationality:

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A Monkey ...

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What kind of monkey is this?

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That Monkey is

a Proboscis Monkey

Our First Visitor

Here is the 1st wildlife that came to visit us at our new cottage. It was on the back patio duirng a windy rainy day. Unfortunately, it died the next day.

It was very huge. The question is: was it a moth or a butterfly? You tell us, we don't have a clue.

Quick Easy Guide to Zut Lenses

The quick and easy guide to other Zut lenses - a simple click on my most handsome face will bring you a list of the lenses I have written. There you will find all kinds of things. About 90% are meant to be fun though 10% are of a serious nature. I write these for you the reader as well as for myself., I hope you enjoy them.

God Bless.

A Strange Flag

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Whose flag is this?

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The flag is

the flag of Lebanon.

Zut Moon's 1st Ever Squidoo Tip

I am going to give Squidoo Lensmasters a tip? You betcha!

Do you have an over-active mind that speeds down the Squidoo Highway at 110 miles an hour? Do you wake up in the middle of the night with a mountain of new ideas that you are anxious to share with others? Are you just like me? Well then, I recommend that you visit Dr. I. M. Knutts who is well qualified to help you. Seriously, here's the tip below:

Create a lens where you can write those thoughts that don't fit well in your other lenses. Call it something like Wild Thoughs, My Personal Musings, Brain Storming - you get the idea.

That lens will then serve as a Temporary Holding Tank. When you have enough material of the same genre, you can "steal" from yourself and place them in a new lens.

I wonder if Squid University has ever thought of that. I enrolled there months ago but got kicked out for being far too "smart" (so they said). I still don't quite know what they meant by that.

So I hope this will help you become a better Squidoo Lensmaster. If you feel you can use this exclusive Zut Moon tip, please let me know or at least send me a case of beer!!!

Thanks!

What should Zut's Next Lens be?

I have several ideas in mind but I will allow my readers to suggest which I should do first?

Among the list below, which lens should Zut do first?

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Proud to be Canadian

Canada Day - July 1st (A Special Day)

I am proud to be a Canadian because I live in the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free. Oh hell ... one second ... some idiot handed me the wrong script.

OK, that's better. Canada is a mosaic of many people and cultures who live together in harmony. We are the largest country in the world and have the freshest, most abundant, clean air and water in the world. We are well-educated and well-taken care of medically by our government. Though our government sometimes can be ineffective or slow to react, it is not corrupt (most of the time).

Usually we only enter other countries when requested by them (Afghanistan is one of the few exceptions). We are seen as "peace makers" throughout the world.

The beauty of our country is diversified. From the Rocky Mountains to our 3 oceans -from the Arctic Tundra to the wilderness of Northern Quebec, to the fishing villages of Newfoundland - there is no equal.

Although we are one of the best countries to live in, we do have a dark side. That dark side is our inhumane and barbaric killing of baby seals for their fur. Luckily, the USA and Europe have banned importation of seal products. Please go to my lens The Canadian Seal Hunt and support the baby seals.

If you are Canadian, I invite you to go to a module further down below and leave a reason why you are "Proud to be Canadian".

One final thing ... in our neighbourhood, garbage is collected on Wednesdays. As Canada Day falls on a Wednesday this year, our garbage will be picked up on the 4th of July. Hmmmmmm ......

Happy Canada Day !!!

Well ... I know the Americans are going to have all kinds of 4th of July Parades, Flag Waving and people singing God Bless America so:

Why the heck shouldn't we do the same?

Fellow Canadians - Grab a beer, raise it high and let's make a toast to the Best Country in the World. Canada, eh ?

Oh Canada !!!

If you are Canadian, I invite you to leave a reason why you are "Proud to be Canadian"

Are you proud to be Canadian and if so why?

You Betcha !!!

You Betcha !!!

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    • chattersharon 4 years ago

      Cuz Canada is awesome and we are loved around the world :)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Canada is a beautiful country from sea to sea to sea; but most important it is full of caring people who have the best traits of our cousins, the Brits and the Yanks, with the flair of the French, the pride of the Aboriginal Peoples, and the spice of immigrants from everywhere.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I am a very proud Canadian. I live in northeastern Ontario and it is beautiful here. I enjoy traveling throughout other provinces as well. My American friends tell me Canadians are thoughtful, polite and have a good sense of humour. I certainly agree. "O' Canada!!!"

    • windowsot 8 years ago

      I am proud of my home for it's relative peace and security, it's diversity with tolerance and acceptance of others. As well as it's geographical beauty from ocean to ocean.

    • wienersmom 8 years ago

      I am thankful for having the opportunity to grow up in a country that values our differences and gives us the freedom to both enjoy our cultures and freedom from persecution,

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      You bet I am! I have travelled all over, and I am always proud to call Canada my home.

    No, I am not proud to be Canadian

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      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I'm proud to say that I grew up close to the Canadian border.

      • RuthCoffee 8 years ago

        I'm proud to be a Canadian neighbor.

      • Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        I'm an American. But I respect Canada. And I have visited Canada many times while growing up.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        No I am not proud to be a Canadian but if I was a Canadian then I am sure I would be proud to be!

      • CCGAL 8 years ago

        Can't be - I've never been to Canada.

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          Zut Moon 4 years ago

          @AlleyCatLane: Thank You for the kind words. You will get a whole week of me not "ragging" on you ....

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          AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

          So glad to see you being active on Squidoo again. Missed your writings!

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          EMangl 5 years ago

          cute lens :-)

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          savenlives 5 years ago

          I think I did pretty well...lol!

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          Sandra Wilson 5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

          My guess is that it is a moth - fuzzy antennae is the clue. Thanks for giving us a peek into your brain - crazy place!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Jeff Dunham, Peanut and Jalapeno on a Stick video is funny as all get out!

          I'll return for more when time permits! Promise!!!

          Love ya man!

          Susie

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          RuthCoffee 8 years ago

          I DO live under a rock as a matter of fact, and hadn't heard of Jeff Dunham but I certainly enjoyed the video. I'm guessing the creature at your cottage is a moth. Why? I don't know, he just looks stubby enough to be one. I think you're right about our soul etc. Now if I could just get my husband, Mr. Math,Science, and engineering to grasp this... OH, and happy Canada Day!

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          Marti Lawrence 8 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

          Great lens - congratulations!

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          windowsot 8 years ago

          I love what you did with the cottage over the weekend. Nice of you to share it with all of us in your lense. : )

          Your buddy Jacques.

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          Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          I had been to Canada many times when I was growing up. It was a lot of fun. This is a nicely done lens. Enjoyed some laughs. 5* :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I know whenever I land on one of your lenses, I know I am going to end up laughing!

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          Holley Web 8 years ago

          Great idea! Thanks for adding the video.. my favorite!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Zut, another marvel of the zaniest mind to the north!

          I am certain that you know that it is a moth not a butterfly by the way ;)

          keep em coming oh mighty one! LMAO

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          Zut Moon 8 years ago

          [in reply to CCGAL] Thank you so much for your comments. Jane (my partner) zoomed in on the critter and the attennae do appear to be feathery so I guess it was a moth. There are coyote, raccoon and deer near our cottage but we got shut-out the first 2 nights there.

          I'd be careful about contacting any viruses from me ... here in Canada we are pretty liberal but in the USA , they are liable to take you away ha ha

          Google in our Igloo - of course !!!

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          CCGAL 8 years ago

          This was fun. I believe you can tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly by the anntennae ... moths have feathery ones, and butterflies have smooth. Don't quote me - I'm remembering something I heard as a child from a relative who might have been making it up. I guess you could google it. Do they have google in Canada? I like mush, but not tomato mush. When I hear the word mush, I think of dog sled races. oops, there goes my brain, operating the fingers when I'm not looking. I may have just contracted a thought virus from you ... LOL (hope I made you laugh; you made me laugh, I wanted to return the favor.)

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          drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

          Wat to go big guy. You might try a trip to the Carolinas...some of the friendliest people and beautiful landscape. America ain't as bad as you think.

          The mind id more powerful than anyone believes. We are learning things every day about what it's abilities are. Just the other day, there was a press release about a "picture" taken of the first moment when a memory is formed. Interesting when you consider the possibilities.

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          GaryGzik 8 years ago

          Another great lens! Thanks Zut!

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          Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

          Another one of your hilarious lenses! ;) It's good to see a man with such a sense of humor... LOL