Personal News

Today’s my birthday!

Today, I am now 32 years old. Time seems to have that habit of every once in a while creeping up on you and reminding you of the wisdom of not wasting it. There are things that I wish could have happened in the past but did not happen, and there are things that if I could change them, I would.

I am looking forward to this afternoon and spending some time with my family at my parents acreage (and having sweet and sour spareribs for supper ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I’ll be taking along the Black Forest cake I bought on Sunday for my birthday for dessert tonight. My roommate works this afternoon or I’m certain he’d want to come out as well, so I’ll bring the leftover cake home so he can have a slice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great day today, and if you share my birthday today, Happy Birthday! ๐Ÿ˜€

Charitable Causes · Personal News

I’m planning on donating monthly…

I’m planning on donating monthly to the Canadian Diabetes Association through CanadaHelps. It will help me next year on my tax return just as donating through work at Superstore and at church did this year.

I’m going to be donating $25 each month and I will be setting it up this afternoon after I deposit Jon’s rent payment to me. This is a way that I can help others with my money. I will look at donating to more charities after I get my business up and making money.

Take care and have a happy Family Day tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Personal Opinions

My Thoughts on the Carbon Tax

The carbon tax has been active in Alberta for a little over six weeks now, so I have had enough time to make an opinion on it. The other day I read an article in the Financial Post about how British Columbia’s carbon tax is no longer revenue neutral after ten years in place. In… Continue reading My Thoughts on the Carbon Tax

Personal News

Happy Valentine’s Day

I would like to wish all of my subscribers and readers a Happy Valentine’s Day today. May you enjoy the romantic love that is in your life today, and if you do not have any in your life yet may you find that special someone soon.

Today’s holiday is named after Saint Valentine, who married soldiers and their sweethearts against the emperor’s orders and was imprisioned for it. The emperor thought that unmarried men made better soldiers, so he forbade his men to marry as long as they served in his army. Supposedly the first Valentine was sent by this saint as well as the note to a young lady was signed “Your Valentine”.

Personally, love has been pretty cruel to me, as I’ve suffered four broken hearts in eight years. I’ve almost given up on finding that someone special for me, but as a romantic at heart, I still hold out hope to find her.

Have a great day all and I’ll post again soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค

Personal News

Tomorrow I donate blood

Tomorrow I donate blood in the afternoon at the Red Cross clinic at the local Norsemen Inn. I usually do this twice a year, even though I could do it more often. The only reason I don’t do it more is that when I do it more often my arm starts to hurt.

I’m glad it’s in the afternoon as I have shopping to do in the morning tomorrow. I get tomorrow off due to booking it off from work, and I also have Saturday off due to the schedule (as a Wal-Mart work week is Saturday to Friday). After that my next multiple days off in a row is for my birthday when I get four in a row.

I got to get going so I can finish my breakfast and get ready for today’s shift at work as I work at noon today. Take care! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Computers & Programming · Personal News

Tax time is here again

Tax time is here again, but thankfully I’m already done the work necessary thanks to SimpleTax. All I have left is to file this year’s tax return via Netfile on the twentieth of this month, and then wait for this year’s tax refund to appear in my bank account. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve already decided to put the lion’s share of the return into my savings account towards my goals (most importantly launching Gate 90 Marketing Inc next January). I’m also going to make a one-time payment on my credit card to help reduce it as much as possible.

Another new savings goal of mine is a computer to act as a server for my own blog. It’s going to cost me around $2,700 after shipping and GST for the parts, plus another forty bucks or so for an account at NoIP to ensure my domain name points to the server. I likely won’t do this though until I have my own house due to the lack of free power jacks currently in my apartment. I will rent space from my company on it’s VPS for the blog after it launches until then (and let the company run ads on it as well).

I am thankful I don’t work until five this evening, but I still have other things to get done before I have to leave for work. Take care until the next time! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I’m leaning towards Gate 90…

I am leaning towards Gate 90 being a social network with a marketplace and a events calendar. That being said, I see no need for a separate forum on a subdomain, even if the network will be launched a while after some of the other sites.

I like a theme called Kleo as it looks flexible enough to work with my plans for the main site. It helps that it is already integrated with WooCommerce and The Events Calendar, two major plugins besides BuddyPress that I will use to create the site. I was considering a different script to power the social network, but it needed too many paid plugins to make it work properly like I want it too. Also all the themes I was considering supported BuddyPress and not it. That alone says how much support BuddyPress has in the community and how it’s the go-to plugin on WordPress for communities.

Gotta run so take care! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I am trying to decide…

I’m trying to decide what the main focus of Gate 90 is. Is it:

  • A social network
  • A marketplace
  • A search engine
  • A job board
  • Something else?

I know that synonyms of gate are portal and entry, so that does help a bit. What do you think? Let me know in the comments or use the Contact page to send me an email with your thoughts on this.


Most of my business’s sites are going to be…

Most of my business’s sites are going to be subdomains of, which will be the main site and a social marketplace (won’t be part of the company launch however). Search, jobs, forums, fanfiction, and ads will be the different subdomains and their names – Gate 90 Search, Gate 90 Jobs, Gate 90 Forums, Gate 90 Fanfiction, and Gate 90 Ads instead of the names and domains I’ve been using previously. Any domains I registered for the subdomains I just listed I will be letting expire when they come up for renewal including and

However my blog and one other site will still have separate domains for a similar reason. Both sites would not work well as a subdomain of I’m too used to from when my blog was self-hosted and am looking forward to returning to that, and the other site I want to separate from the others due to the content I have planned for it.

Speaking of my company’s planned fanfiction site, it will be free to use and will be ad-free, though donations will be accepted via Paypal and Bitpay (if the latter has a donate button I can set up) for the cost of maintaining the site.

I’m posting this in advance (thanks WordPress for scheduling of posts ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), so take care as I gotta run! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fanfiction and Writing

I just posted the first chapter…

I just posted the first chapter of my Harry Potter fanfic to the Harry Potter Fanfic Archive. If you are over the age of eighteen or consent in your country, you can read it here. I am saying over that age because there will be adult content in my story in the future.

Just because people don’t like adult content, doesn’t mean that it will go away. Plus I try to write as realistic as I can (with modifications for said fanfic universe), and it’s unrealisitic to expect no adult situations to show up in a magical boarding school with few adults to supervise so many children.

One final note: Don’t expect regular updates from me (at least for now). I do have a job to work which drains me and I only write when I am in the mood to do so (usually on my days off or when I have an evening shift at work) and even then, I don’t write that fast.

Going to go have some supper and put another eye drop in (got to do it 4 times a day for a week), so take care and sorry for posting so late! ๐Ÿ˜‰