Vonage Adds 911 Dialing in Canada

When I logged on this morning, I was happily surprised to see that Vonage Canada has finally added 911 Dialing. Mandy and I have been using the Vonage VoIP service as our primary phone service since we moved in October. At $19.95, we pay much less than we would for a traditional line with Bell, but I was always a little uneasy about not having 911 service. Now that we have it, I can rest easier, though I realize their service isn’t perfect: if I dial 911, my location will not be automatically transmitted to the operator so I’ll have to tell him my address in the call.

Woman Finds Finger in Chili at San Jose Wendy’s

Chili cookA woman bit into a severed finger while digging into her bowl of chili at Wendy’s yesterday:

The restaurant at 1405 Monterey Highway was temporarily closed Tuesday night to allow health officials to impound the remaining chili, which was prepared on site, using a variety of ingredients. Health officials also seized all of the restaurant’s remaining stock of ingredients, which will be inspected, and traced back to their manufacturer.

Since all of the workers at the restaurant were in possession “of all 10 of their fingers,” health inspectors assume the finger likely entered the food chain as a result of the manufacturing process, according to county Environmental Resources Director Ben Gale.

How does a severed finger slip through the QA process at food processing plant? If the finger belongs to one of the workers at the plant, somebody must have known about it. Presumably the person who lost the finger knew about it. If there was reason to believe that the finger made it into the food, why didn’t they scrap the entire batch? Did they think nobody would notice?

Of all the fast food chains, Wendy’s is the only one that I like. I still plan to visit there occasionally, but I’m going to avoid the chili from now on.

Water Softener Breakdown

DrainI’m not sure how long it has been out, but our water softener is not working. I noticed on Tuesday that our water no longer had the slimy feeling of softened water that it did when we moved into the house. I took a sample into Crystal Clear after work yesterday to have it tested. The softener is having no affect on the hardness of the water. The consultant from Crystal Clear offered to drop by our place for a courtesy call. I’m expecting him this afternoon.

Basement Renovation: Purchasing Lumber

Stacked lumberI ordered the lumber for the basement renovation tonight. I ordered it from Fairway Lumber, the only retailer in Waterloo that I know of that offers delivery (and free, no less), though my search was far from broad.

It should arrive tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, I’ll start marking out wall locations.