Monthly Archives: June, 2010

Word of the day: Thule

Brand name: Thule Pronounced: Tooly What you feel like if you say “Thool” like I did: a tool Proper usage: “This Speedway 2 rack by Thule will look great on the back of your car when you arrive for your race this weekend.” **************************************************************** Yesterday was a special day in the life of a Smiter: …

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G20 thugs, go home

Yesterday after a day of slogging it out over a book on (ironically) Canadian foreign policy, I turned on the radio to find that Toronto was on fire. For those of you who have been asleep for the last month or visiting another arm of the Spiral Galaxy, Toronto and environs are hosting the G20/G8 …

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Event of the day: earthquake

Well, it’s been a year of firsts, as I said, and today I experienced my first earthquake. And I didn’t even have to go to San Francisco to do it. No sirree, I was sitting in the comfort and privacy of Casa Smiter, procrastinating over my latest editing project and having a chin-wag over the …

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Word of the day: Lanai

Pronunciation: la-NYE Function: noun Meaning: porch, screened patio or veranda. Really. Other meaning: the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian islands  (with or without porches, we presume)                                                                                                                                                Last night I was chatting with a friend about this and that when, without warning, the conversation abruptly went pear-shaped. “We should go for drinks this weekend. Maybe sit out in …

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