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Sunday May 29, 2016

18:49 Athletics down Chevies in KCBL action »The Guardian - Sports
Jonathan Arsenault and Allister Smith each had three hits to pace the Stratford P.E.I. Brewing Company Athletics to a 10-8 win over the Morell Chevies Sunday in Kings County Baseball League action. Shawn MacDougall and Curtis MacGregor each chipped in two hits to aid the Athletics attack. Troy ...
17:43 Decision to allow abortions won't curb the enthusiasm of P.E.I. pro-life supporters »The Guardian - Local News
Approximately 600 pro-life supporters gather for rally at Coles Building Sunday
16:51 Running a 30 year old BASIC program on my Mac » from peter rukavina

One aspect of our shared childhood that my brothers and I all remember clearly is The Budget.

We were never completely sure what it meant, but we all remember our parents talking about it, and we remember that there were various systems in place that regulated it.

For example, if we needed $5 for fish and chips in the cafeteria on Friday, there was a pencil case on our father’s dresser that held petty cash that we could get the $5 from, but we had to note this on a chit, and the chits were collected and factored somehow into The Budget.

Our parents are both systems thinkers, and The Budget was an integral part of maintaining and organizing the economic fuel that allowed a family of 6 people to get by on a single salary.

In the mid-1980s we started to have computers in the house: first a TRS-80 Colour Computer, which my father brought home one day and upon which he (and I) spent many hours typing away (I sometimes think that 20% of my youth was taken up typing in program listings from Creative Computing and Byte).

Dad’s tour de force, programming wise, was the creation of a BASIC program to track The Budget. In the years since this has been replaced by off-the-shelf applications like Quicken, but at the time it was all hand-coded and thus custom-tailored around the economic ecosystem of our family.

Another aspect of our parents’ systems thinking is a predilection for archiving, and so that BASIC program, in its various versions, has survived in Dad’s digital collections all these years and the version from 1986 — BUD86.BAS — surfaced recently and he wondered whether it was possible to run it on a modern computer.

It turned out to be surprisingly easy.

PC-BASIC is a free cross-platform GW-BASIC emulator that’s available for the Mac. I downloaded and installed it, and once I realized that its “working directory” was my home directory on my Mac, I simply copied the BUD86.BAS code into that directory and:

Running PC-BASIC on a Mac

at which point — somewhat magically given that 30 years had passed — this appeared on the screen:

PC-BASIC running a BASIC program on my Mac

Just looking at the menu can tell you a lot about the financial setup of our family the year that I turned 20: a MasterCard, a Visa, department store cards from Sears and Eatons, and a chequing account.

There’s no actual data there. And, it seems, no way of adding new transactions (I’ve asked Dad whether there was a separate program for that). But entering “4” for “CAT. TOTALS” you can gain some additional insight into the way that things got categorized:

Budget Categories

Every member of the family — N, F, P, M, J and S, listed in birth order — got a “Clothing” category. And there were categories for Food, Meals Out, Household, Education, Recreation, Property Tax, Union Gas, and Hydro. On the next page the list continued: Phone, Car, Gasoline, Fitness, Medical/Dental, Professional Dues, Christmas, Life Insurance, House Insurance, Computer, Miscellany.

That there was a budget category for “Computer” is interesting in and of itself. Indeed, surely there’s much to be mined from this sort of information about the social and economic history of the late 20th century Canadian family; I hope other families have an archival bent and have saved their own particular budgeting schemes so that they can form the part of a broader analysis of this type of thing for anthropologists of the future.

Meanwhile, I’m sad to report that there are no aspects of the formal organization The Budget left in my Charlottetown branch of the family; perhaps because we’re a smaller crew, perhaps because we’re lazy, but our approach to budgeting has been, most of the time, “save what we can, spend the rest.”  

Vestigially expressed from deep within me, however, is an economy of spending that I inherited from my parents (that, I imagine, they inherited from their parents, who lived through the Great Depression): I feel guilty every time I spend money, and if there’s a way of avoiding it, I’ll always take that way first.

It may not be the least stressful way to live, but it got my family through the 1970s and 1980s in one piece, so it can’t be all that bad.

16:39 Participants of Cystic Fibrosis walk aim to make the disease history  »Journal-Pioneer Local
There is much hope that CF will one day stand for “cure found”.
16:27 Rain expected tomorrow across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Sunday May 29th 4:30pm..  An area of high pressure crossed the region today and is now centered just off the east coast of NS. This feature gave the sunshine and light winds to the region today but clouds have now … Continue reading
14:00 Funding supports P.E.I. business women »The Guardian - Business
Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association receives $160,267
13:57 Gallant student-athlete of month at Evangeline »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Athletic director praises commitment
13:51 Fishing Derby fun »Journal-Pioneer Local
Experienced and first-time fishers were all hoping to have a great catch at the end of their line.
13:00 Jarred Scott Dingwell gets jail for knife slashing home invasion »The Guardian - Local News
Judge John Douglas sentences him to 12 months for breaking into party uninvited, high on cocaine
12:56 Forever Paradise delivers for McGuigan »The Guardian - Sports
In Saturday feature
12:56 Forever Paradise delivers for McGuigan »Journal-Pioneer Sports
In Saturday feature
12:45 Lauwerijssen nets lone goal in Kensington win »Journal-Pioneer Sports
MacLellan records shutout
12:43 Matheson cards low score »Journal-Pioneer Sports
At Red Sands' weekly event
12:40 Herget receives award as student-athlete of the month »Journal-Pioneer Sports
At Westisle Composite High School
12:39 Charlottetown Police Increasing Foot Patrols »Charlottetown Police Public Announcements
Charlottetown Police Services will be increasing foot patrols within the municipality. Foot patrols not only work to prevent crime in the areas that they are patrolling, however they also will enhance community partnerships, and relationships with their daily interactions with business owners and citizens.
12:00 Province launches campaign to promote P.E.I. food, drink products »The Guardian - Business
That’s Island Style will showcase local products through in-store promotions
11:59 Skirting Truth, Pivoting On Lies, Maclauchlan’s Imminent Failure on ‘Pure Wind” »
“Political language” or’pure wind’ in the case of PEI Premier Maclauchlan, foreshadows imminent destruction and failure, Wade’s Fairy Tale term in office is turning out very badly. Poltical spin fails, look at what Maclauchlan said just last year, ‘Pure Wind’? Post election in the PEI Legislature, McLaughlin contends over and over again that he knew … Continue reading Skirting Truth, Pivoting On Lies, Maclauchlan’s Imminent Failure on ‘Pure Wind”
10:59 P.E.I. victims of Alberta wildfires remain uncertain of future »The Guardian - Local News
Home of Shawn Kennedy, family, spared but wondering about smoke, water damage
10:50 [PHOTO] Five photos from Harbourfront, Toronto on Victoria Day »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Last Monday, Victoria Day, was a beautiful day on the Toronto harbourfront, the sky a perfect blue and the cold Lake Ontario water hosting flotillas of boats and hordes of people and condos on the shores.

Looking at the Weston Harbour Castle #toronto #lakeontario #harbourfront #westinharborcastle

Ferry to the Islands #toronto #lakeontario #harbourfront #torontoislands #ferry

Coming in for a landing #toronto #lakeontario #harbourfront  #torontoislands #airplane

Condo towers #toronto #harbourfront #condos #tower

Thalassa, thalassa #toronto #lakeontario #harbourfront
10:01 The Splendid Sampler ~ Blocks 19 to 24 »Life on a Canadian Island
10:00 P.E.I. program gains national attention »The Guardian - Business
PERCÉ internship program to be presented at Economic Action Forum in Montreal
09:10 Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle - St. Peter's Road »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint regarding a vehicle striking a pedestrian on St. Peter's Rd., near Gordon Dr., Saturday night at 11:09pm. Police arrived at location and determined a 55 year old Charlottetown area male was struck by a vehicle while crossing St. Peter's Rd. Island EMS was also on scene and transported man to the QEH with non life threatening injuries; police are continuing with their investigation.
09:00 Vintage vehicles on display in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Show open to the public from noon to 4 p.m.
08:45 Thieves Stealing From Vehicles - Bishop/Passmore Street »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown police Services received complaints Saturday regarding thefts from vehicles in the vicinity of Bishop and Passmore Street; thefts had occurred previous night. Charlottetown Police would like to remind citizens to lock and remove valuables from their vehicles, and to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
08:33 Impaired Driver Passes Police Vehicle On Hillsborough Bridge - Man Arrested »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services were conducting routine patrols on Hillsborough Bridge early Saturday morning at 2:50am, when a vehicle passed them at a high rate of speed. Police stopped vehicle and determined the operator was impaired; driver had twice the legal amount of alcohol in his blood. Accused, a 27 year old male resident of Straford, was jailed at the Provincial Correctional Centre, and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
08:23 Man Arrested For Property Damage - Andrews Court »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a call early Saturday morning at 2:53am, regarding damage to property at an address on Andrews Court. Police arrived and arrested a 20 year old Charlottetown area male with damaging four houses in the area. Accused was also charged with four instances of trespassing and breaching an existing Probation Order; accused will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
07:43 Daily Specials for Sunday, May 29, 2016 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Sunday, May 29, 2016 are:

  • Baked Potato Omelette $13.99 A three egg omelette filled with bacon, green onions, and potato, topped with sour cream. Served with our signature hash and toast.
  • Cream of Vegetable Soup...$4.99

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440

07:00 Walmart closing change rooms at Charlottetown location »The Guardian - Local News
Not sitting well with some shoppers