Welcome to Room 4 Eight

We mainly have this website to publish the silly things that our children say and do - but maybe we'll have some interesting thoughts along the way.

The Grocery Scam

Tonight I was taking a quick tour through the grocery store, and I was reminded of a pet peeve that seems to be more and more prevelant.

Grocery items that charge MORE for bulk.


Ima Bad Blogger

I have been chastized for my poor blogging.  I'm sorry!  I'm sorry!

What can I say, it gets busy around here :)

This summer has been a tad frustrating.  The weather has been a little cool, kids have been sick, and stress levels are high.  On the other hand, there has been no end to activities for the kids to do and somehow my house is staying clean (mostly)...


Childhood Dreams: Become a Dad

As Father's Day approaches, I thought it might be appropriate to tackle one of my favourite childhood dreams - continued from my earlier post on the subject of childhood dreams

From the earliest days I can remember, one of the things I wanted most to be when I grew up was a father. I've always enjoyed children - and there were always lots of cousins for me growing up - so I had lots of really positive experiences with the younger crowd.


At least buy me a drink first!

A new neighbour moved in down the row from our house. During the unpacking, I went to go welcome the family to the neighbourhood. I met the father/grandfather of the house - a nice older fellow, probably 65-70.

He proceeded to tell me in a 15 minute conversation:


Things I learned about Camping

Here are some things I learned about camping:


Thank you Gene - and not just for Star Trek

Imagine you’re watching a new TV show. It’s about a vessel of sorts, traveling through space on previously untold adventure. Imagine the bridge crew, corn-fed Iowa home-town hero for a Captain, and a mixture of people from different entho-cultural backgrounds. There’s an African American communications officer, an Asian helmsman, a Russian navigator, and an alien first officer.

No big deal – right?

Now imagine it’s 1966.



On Wednesday on my way to work I was shocked to see that the Junior Achievement's sign had been spray-painted - I'm not sure if it's a word or "gang" symbol, but either way it was clearly meant to deface the sign.

Graffiti has been one of those things I have never been able to understand even going through the rebellious days of teenager-dom.


Eat Pork! Mmm... pork chops.

Rebroadcast of an email sent to me from someone in the pork industry:


The child becomes the parent: Chrysler, GM

In recent news the UAW will own substantial amounts of both Chrysler and GM; what's not owned by the UAW will be owned by various governments and creditors by the look of it. Hearing the story reminds me vaguely of the cycle between child to parent to child again. As we rear our children and we age we become weaker and eventually our children may have to take care of us.


My first Web Comic on Swine Flu

OK - so I've done a web comic to express my feelings on the current swine flu panic going around. The first thing I recalled thinking is - I've heard this before? I recognize the differences between the two strains. I also appreciate the irony if North America gets wiped out by "Swine Flu" - revenge of the pigs.

PS - No I don't think you have to worry about my attempts at web comics becoming a trend.

Swine Flu Comic