May 2009 Archives
May 26, 2009 @ 08:54
The Flames, the heat and rubbin' your meat.
May 25, 2009 @ 23:15
After repeated, vigorous cuts through the flesh the Queen's representative turned to the woman beside her and asked enthusiastically: "Could I try the heart?" - Afterward she grabbed a tissue to wipe clean her blood-soaked fingers.
The Trailer - Week Three - May 22-24
May 25, 2009 @ 22:42
Thanks to the shitty weather we've had this May, this was the first weekend we actually stayed at the trailer and it was productive.
I finished getting my lot in shape, and we decorated the Tiki Bar for another season. This year's most notable addition is a Blue Marlin that Dan Duran picked out of someone's garbage.
It looks like it's made of styrofoam but it's actually made of some kind of a plaster which makes it a lot heavier than you'd think. It's rather large, but it looks great.
Other than that, the Tiki Bar features the same multitude of lights hanging in basically the same places this year and although we put most of the other junk back up, there were several pieces that looked too weathered so the call has been put out for replacements.
If you're a fellow trailerite, you know the feel, so keep your eyes open for anything that will fit.
It was a gorgeous weekend, especially Sunday, so we wasted little time making our way down to the beach to play bocce. It was more or less spring training with most of the guys getting the feel for the ball and not really partaking in the usual immaturity of insulting each other through some creative trash talk.
The only real drawback to our bocce session was the goose shit. As I told you many times over the past few years, Canada Geese have invaded the Kawarthas and they're getting out of hand.
The beach was covered with crap which made me go into one of my anti-Canada goose rants. It was rather colourful and once again included my insistence that I would offer no mercy while strangling one of the shit machines with my bare hands.
There should really be a culling of the bastards with the meat used to feed the helpless, homeless and hungry. But of course, that makes too much sense.
Speaking of the homeless, Dan Duran almost lost his summer home.
Dans's trailer is rather aged and he arrived this year to discover the front end of the prick had pretty much rotted through to the frame.
Anybody else would have dragged it out the park and lit a match to the fucker, but not Dan.
Where others see work and aggravation, Dan Duran sees challenge and purpose. He literally gutted the thing and rebuilt it.
Have a look. I shot this video just before Dan took some goose off the barbeque.
Category: The Trailer
May 21, 2009 @ 15:53
Dani Stover is a friend and the producer of the Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 The Edge.
So I'm going to let you all in on a little secret... well, it's not a secret really, but something I want to share. It's something that I've been dealing with for quite some time - a few years, at least. It's depression! Yay ME!
The reason I feel the need to be open about this condition is because, with clinical depression comes a lot of stigma. And there's no need for it. One in five people suffer from some sort of depression. And I'm not talking about occasional sadness or periods of feeling distressed or miserable. I'm talking about feeling day-to-day sadness, anxiety, pessimism and helplessness.
Now I realize I have a lot to be thankful for, and happy about. And if it were only that easy... well, then I wouldn't be writing this blog.
I read a statistic that says only one in three depressed women will seek professional help and though women experience depression twice as often as men, men are three times more likely to commit suicide.
Depression is said to be genetic, and I have reason to believe that several of my family members had or do suffer from it. But I find the more you talk about it, and share your stories with other people, the more you find that you're not alone. One of the most important things is sustaining a strong support system and encouraging positive relationships.
That's where I'm pretty lucky. I love my job, and I work with really cool people. I have a great family and terrific friends. I live downtown and I am experiencing the wonderful things Toronto has to offer, but it's not always as easy as simply counting your blessings and snapping out of the funk.
There are a lot of great web sites out there with a lot of really useful information - and being informed is the first step towards feeling better, whether it's you who is suffering, or someone you care about.
So I want to reduce the stigma behind depression. It's more common than you think, and there's no shame in asking for help or sharing your stories with others!
Be happy and be safe!
By the way Dani, it was great to see you at the Humble and Fred 20th Anniversary Podcast of Memories.
Today With Craig And Matt
May 20, 2009 @ 08:49
Outdoor lovin', breastfeeding and more Tamil talk.
Spicy Meat Balls
May 20, 2009 @ 08:19
Part of my house stinks, my car stinks a bit and my garage stinks a lot.
On Monday night as my daughter Melanie and her boyfriend Josh were leaving the house, their dog "Bones" ran into my open garage and tangled with a skunk.
It was about eleven o'clock and the skunk, who reportedly lives beneath Neighbour John's front porch, decided to visit the my garbage restaurant and was in the midst of enjoying some rotting leftovers when Bones bounded out of the house, got the scent of the skunk and did what any dog would do, he went after it.
Unfortunately the skunked was in the corner of the garage where I have some hardwood flooring stacked and although he directed most his vile spray into the face and down the throat of Bones, some of it made contact with the wood, and that's bad news.
Skunk spray isn't too bad if it's just in the air, but when it makes contact with something, it's a whole different story.
That's why Bones got an immediate scrub down and two days later still stinks in the head region and probably will for the next several days.
Although, I should tell you this, it could be worse. Immediately after the incident happened on Monday night, we scrambled for something to use on the dog but we never have tomato juice in the house, and it's supposedly the best thing for skunk spray.
But we did have some Ragu Spaghetti sauce with extra garlic.
Melanie took Bones into the backyard and dumped the jar over his back and worked its entire contents into Bone's fur. At first the dog didn't like it, but then he got the whiff of garlic and tomatoes and thought he had gone to heaven.
What dog wouldn't want to be bathed in something that smells like humans eat? Hell, there are a lot of food stuffs I'd love to be bathed in, with the caramel-chocolate mousse cake that I got my wife for her birthday at the top of the list.
Anyway, Bones laid pack and enjoyed the scrub down, but he wasn't so keen about the rinse off with the cold water from the garden hose.
But I'll tell ya, the Ragu made a big difference. Obviously the tomato base was a factor, but we really think the garlic had something to do with it as well. The skunk juice made a direct hit to the head, but having the entire dog covered in Ragu Spaghetti sauce with extra garlic balanced the odour enough for Melanie and Josh to put Bones in the car and head back to the city.
Yesterday the expected happened, Melanie went to a grooming place and they sold her a super expensive bottle of something that is probably nothing more than dish soap in a fancy bottle, but hey, that's part of owning a dog - getting ripped off by groomers and vets.
Last I heard, Bones was doing fine. The initial shock of the skunk hit freaked him out, but by yesterday afternoon he was lying comfortably in the backyard licking his balls like he's never licked his balls before.
They're super good with a hint of garlic.
Too Freakin' Much
May 19, 2009 @ 20:14
The headline in the Star says this... Canadian Tamils urge Harper to speak out.
And the byline says this. 'When Hamilton was going to get a hockey team, he made a statement' so why not now?
Can I answer that?
Because he doesn't have to and maybe he doesn't want to. Please, will somebody pinch me and tell me this is nothing more than a bizarro dream.
The Canadian Tamil Congress holds a news conference in Toronto and insists that our Prime Minister responds to their demands? It's too much to comprehend.
And then they use the Hamilton hockey angle? Are you kidding me?
Here's the deal Mr. and Mrs. Tamil, he's the Prime Minister of Canada and to the vast majority of Canadians, whether Hamilton gets a hockey team or not means a lot more than what's going on in Sri Lanka.
Pretty shitty eh?
But receive it, eat it and then choke on it. The average Canadian who has no ties to Sri Lanka loves hockey and has little or no time to analyze, consider or even ponder what's going on in a screwed up country half a world away.
Pretty heartless eh?
The average Canadian worked his butt off at work today and can't wait to get home and watch the Jays or the Stanley Cup playoffs and probably has more than a passing interest in whether another NHL team is coming to Canada.
The Prime Minister was probably addressing these people when he "offended" you by making a statement on the Hamilton hockey situation. But you see, the hockey situation is a lot more clear cut than your concerns.
Hamilton wants hockey and most Canadians want Hamilton to have hockey. You might find this simple and frustrating, but thanks to Canada being the greatest country on earth, its the type of thing that pre-occupies us.
Pretty weird eh?
Most Canadians when pressed might have a degree of sympathy for what's going on in your "homeland", but that's balanced by the assumption that when you came here, Canada became your homeland.
Pretty naive eh?
The Prime Minister spoke about the Hamilton hockey situation because he must have bloody well felt like it and it's a subject with nationalistic over-tones.
Please don't compare it to what is going on in a country that's been fucked up for 25 years and despite what happened over the weekend still appears to be fucked up.
Applaud the Prime Minister for being measured in his response to a conflict that involves a terrorist organization that has a long and disturbing history of committing all the human rights violations that its is now crying about.
It's not enough that you demand money and medicine and millions of dollars in aid and insist on making Sri Lanka's problem a Canadian problem, now you've drawn hockey into the issue.
You've stepped over the line and as hard as it may be for you to swallow, most Canadians simply don't have the time or energy to care about your "homeland", your crisis or your opinion of our / your Prime Minister.
Stephen Harper's got a country to run. A country that works.
Pretty foreign eh?
Today With Bruce Barker
May 19, 2009 @ 08:46
Roads, gas and beef tenderloin.
The Easy Route
May 17, 2009 @ 10:55
I woke up Sunday morning and threw on my earphones just in time to listen to a re-roll of the John Oakley Show that featured Lorrie Goldstein of the Toronto Sun.
Man, was I ever disappointed.
As a rule I like Goldstein, but he was on the Oakley Show to talk about a column he wrote last week entitled Protest backlash unearths racism and his argument was a little flimsy
In a nutshell, Goldstein condemns the Tamil protest on the Gardiner and even a few on University Avenue, but he maintains a good measure of the reaction to it has been redneck.
Problem is, he doesn't say who's being racist.
Are we to assume that he means only white people?
In the article Goldstein talks about all the peaceful protests the Tamils have conducted over the past few months without much reaction.
But once the Tamils started to inconvenience the people of Toronto, Goldstein writes, " all hell has broken loose on talk radio and media websites seeking public reaction --much of it utterly racist."
Why because they were pissed off? Because they have a different point of view and once civil disobedience took place they called for more severe measures?
That's the way I felt. It's the same way I felt last year when cyclists blocked off the Gardiner Expressway, an example that Goldstein likes to lean on saying there was little or no reaction to it. But that was a protest about a domestic issue and women and children weren't used as human shields.
It's the same why I feel when OCAP takes over the city and breaks the law, but with these examples the racism angle can't be used.
I find what Goldstein writes to be downright insulting. You can't generalize in this situation any more that you can generalize about the Tamil community.
And that's what really bothers me about what Goldstein writes.
My wife is a visible minority and she was totally pissed off at the Tamils and thought more severe action should have been taken. Does she qualify as a racist?
Are we to believe that of all the people of who called radio shows and wrote on blogs that none of them were black, brown, red or olive? Are we too assume that none were Tamils?
I've actually heard a few Sri Lankans speak out against the protests saying they're embarrassed by them and they should be stopped.
Are they racist? Is that possible?
I hate to say it, because I thought more of Lorrie Goldstien, but his article is just plain lazy. I think he was reaching a column deadline and had nothing else to write so he leaned on the old reliable.
Throw out the "R" word and try to embarrass anyone who disagrees with you.
It's quite fashionable.