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The Dark Knight

July 22, 2008 @ 09:00

Last week when I was listening to the John Oakley Show, as I often do, I didn't jump for the dial as I often do when movie reviewer Chris Alexander came one.

Alexander may be a great movie reviewer, but as a radio guy I'm not a fan. His attempts to sound super-cool rub me the wrong way, often to the point where I simply can't listen. Sorry, but that's the way I feel.

Hey, what the shit, if he can review movies, why can't I review him.

Anyway, last Friday I endured his act because he was talking about the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight". Alexander loved it, and ranked it right up there with the best movies he's ever seen. He was so blown away with the movie, for a few minutes he actually forgot about how blown away he is with himself.

Yesterday, I saw the "Dark Knight" in Peterborough and I loved it.

I'm not going to do a movie review, because I'd probably lose you a couple of lines into it, but let me say this, it was everything that Chris Alexander said it was.

Dark and frightening with a twisty plot. Alexander calls it the best American film of 2008.

I don't know about it being the best film of '08 because I haven't seen enough to make that determination, all I do know is that I enjoyed the two and a half hours thoroughly, and I'm the type of guy who usually starts to squirm after 120 minutes.

You've probably already heard this, but know that Heath Ledger was absolutely amazing in this film.

Check it out, ya bastards.

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Later Today

July 18, 2008 @ 07:24

I won't be posting anything until later today because I spent the night at my buddy Doug's.

I'm building him a Tiki Bar on the new deck in his back yard, and after sweating by bag off all day yesterday, we sat down to a good feed of corned beef and cabbage over rice that his mother in law made. It was complimented with some Patak's Mango Pickle.

Then we got into the Bud Lite.

Then we got into some old stories.

Then it was midnight.

Then I got into bed.

Then I started snoring.

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Gopey's Big Day

July 11, 2008 @ 18:13

My wife Delyse and our neighbour Ally spent about half an hour this morning sitting in my car in the driveway.

They were being nosey.

Our neighbours on the other side were off to the wedding of their daughter Gopey, and Delsye and Ally wanted to see her in her wedding dress.

Our neighbours are East Indian, and it was quite the week on our street. Relatives from all over the globe converged on Brampton and several of them stayed next door, and they got great use out of their garage.

I don’t know if its part of the East Indian culture or whether its just a passion for garages, but most of the festivities took place in the garage this week. There were tables set up, and bar along one wall and a barbeque that was chugging out the most delicious smelling food.

There was laughter, loud chatter and at one point, even some dancing on the driveway.

Today everybody next door woke up early and prepared for the wedding that would take place at nine o’clock this morning in Scarborough.

And that’s why my wife and Ally were in my car this morning. It didn’t matter that it was wife’s day off and she likes to sleep in on Friday’s, she set the alarm for 6:45 and made sure she was up in time.

There was a light rain falling, but they didn’t want to miss Gopey emerging from the house in her cultural wedding dress.

They wanted to see a kid who grew up on the street take her last few Brampton steps as a single girl.

They weren’t disappointed, Gopey looked tired and nervous, but she looked beautiful and happy has she slid into the waiting limousine.

Delyse and Ally were impressed, but uncharacteristically they did not shed a tear.

I guess part of them was pissed off we didn’t get invited to the wedding.

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Two Score And Twelve

July 10, 2008 @ 09:49

Thanks everybody for all the birthday wishes yesterday, both on the blog and through Facebook.

It was a low key day. It started in paradise and ended Brampton where I spent the rest of the day with my kids.

You know what its like; you reach a certain point in your life when your birthday means a lot more to other people than it does to you.

That’s where I’m at.

But thank you, the messages were much appreciated.

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Lake Monster

July 8, 2008 @ 10:29

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Reelin' In The Years

July 4, 2008 @ 07:00

I have only one posting this morning because I have to dash out of the house early for a big day.

I’m heading to Orillia with a few friends to golf, have a nice dinner and then see one of my favourite bands of all-time.

Steely Dan is playing Rama, and I’ll be there front row centre.

I’ve been a fan of Steely Dan since the 1970’s, but fell in love with them in 1980 when they released Gaucho.

I hadn’t worked at CFNY very long when the album came out, and it became of favourite of all the ‘NY jocks because it was so bloody good. ”Hey 19” was the so-called hit off the album, but that meant nothing at the Spirit of Radio. All tracks were played, and to be honest, it was this album that made me go out and invest in my first quality stereo.

Geets Romo sent me to Fairview Electronics on Albion Rd. and I bought a Technics package that included a 30 watts per channel receiver, a turntable, cassette deck and two monstrous Advent speakers that I still have to this day.

I had Gaucho on vinyl and Donald Fegan and Walter Becker sounded sweet wafting through me and Delyse’s one bedroom apartment on Church Street in Brampton.

Babylon Sisters might be partly responsible for Melanie.

I never got to see Steely Dan perform Gaucho because shortly after the album was released they broke up for ten years. By 1991 I was on to other things and wasn’t really blown away with either one of their two studio releases since they got back together.

“Two Against Nature” and “Everything Must Go” are alright, but neither spun by propeller like Gaucho.

From what I understand, bands that play at Rama aren’t allowed to come and play their new stuff. Rama pays big bucks, so it’s hits only.

I’m looking forward to it.

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Thanks For Nothing

July 2, 2008 @ 09:01

I’d like to thank the asshole or asshole’s who couldn’t go to a house party in Brampton on Monday night without taking a gun.

You’ve made even more people feel a little shittier about where they live.

The mentality really blows me away.

Can you imagine being invited to a barbeque at somebody’s house and part of your preparation is packing a gun? Who are these mental midgets?

One hundred people show up to a party, presumably to have a fun time and some good food, but somebody ends up dead in the backyard from a bullet wound to the head.

What kind of a world do you live in that this is the consequence for a dispute. That you pull a gun amongst a crowd of innocent people and fire away with no conscience.

It happens too often and it really isn’t fair.

It isn’t fair to those are law abiding citizens, it isn’t fair to other people who live on the street and shouldn’t have to worry about bullets flying through their neighborhood, and it isn’t fair to the majority of a certain culture who aren’t responsible for this crap.

And there’s other fallout.

How could you blame anyone for being intimidated by certain gatherings on their street, given the frequency of these shootings?

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Canada - Loving You

June 27, 2008 @ 10:28

Hello Canada.

I’m sitting in the tin palace right now, waiting for the Canada Day weekend to kick-off, and I feel inspired by only “one” subject today, and I want to talk about it at 4:20 this afternoon on Neil Morrison’s radio show in Vancouver.

But I have a problem.

I got up this morning revved about something I heard on the radio last night, but as I scour the internet, I can’t find anything in print.

It was a story about how much better Canada is than the United States.

We have a better economy right now and a better standard of living. On average we make more money than they do, work fewer hours per week and we’re a whole lot healthier than they are.

All wonderful things to hear, but before I bellowing about how much better this country is than the United States, I wouldn’t mind having some black and white on the issue, an article of some sort to back up the claim.

Some might argue I don’t need it, because it’s painfully obvious that we’ve got it all over the States when it comes to life in general, but if I’m going to make this a subject on Neil’s show, I need more.

I can’t even remember what station I heard it on last night. I was driving up the 115 when I heard it, but I can’t remember whether it was on 640, or 1010 or even when of the Peterborough stations.

I should have made a mental note and then actually called the station this morning looking for the source, but I didn’t. I was just cruising along, enjoying the ride, and I assumed I’d simply google the story this morning and it would be there.

I can’t find the bastard.

I’ll be honest, I’m a frequent viewer of Fox News because I’m fascinated by it. I’m impressed by the large collection of arsholes they’ve managed to assemble, and a constant theme on the channel how wonderful the United States is, with the often attached tag, the greatest country on earth.

It’s a bit frustrating for a Canadian because we sit on their northern border, but it’s like we don’t exist. Most references to Canada on Fox News or condescending or almost paternal, like we wouldn’t exist without them.

Shawn Hannity is probably the biggest culprit. He’s got his head stuffed so far up his ass it’s unbelievable, his delusional view of the United States is so twisted and over-rated its actually harmful.

But I won’t waste much time on this whack job, because I could keep writing until tomorrow afternoon.

Believe me, when it comes to Canadian politics, I lean to the right, but if I was an American, the likes of Shawn Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Fox News would turn me into a Democrat.

But I digress.

The original point of this column was to expose my frustration with not being able to find a written article attached to what I heard on the radio last night.

From top to bottom, from every goddamn angle possible, Canada is a better place to live than the United States.

I guess I shouldn’t care that much because it really doesn’t matter when you get right down to it. I live in Canada, I love Canada, and I know how great our country is.

Why should I care what anybody else thinks?

I’m sitting hear looking at the Canadian flag that flies at the end of my dock, knowing that tomorrow night the Tiki Bar will be crowded with people wearing red and white and celebrating something that Americans are oblivious to.

We have them beat from top to bottom.

Happy Canada Day everyone!

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Cops In Schools

June 25, 2008 @ 11:46

I laugh at those who are opposed to uniformed, armed police officers in some Toronto high schools.

They feel its too intimidating, it leaves the wrong impression and it’s not necessary. They’d rather have the police unarmed, in casual garb to make the little darling’s roaming the halls feel more relaxed.

What a joke.

As Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says, “if my officers are going into the schools, they’re not going to act as hall monitors.”

Bang on. If cops are going into the schools there shouldn’t be any question who they are and why they’re there. Unfortunately, things have gotten to the point in some Toronto schools that police patrols are necessary and it gets back to the same old thing.

If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Ideally, I think it’s the right thing to do, but man oh man do I ever feel sorry for the cops who will be put on this duty. They’re going to be left wide open for every accusation under the sun.

Already the failure of some kids in the system is blamed on teachers, the school board and anything else bad parenting can come up with.

Cops in the halls will only give them something else to point at.

But its got to be done.

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Waste Of Time

June 19, 2008 @ 09:51

An anti-spanking bill that was passed by the Canadian Senate yesterday, definitely puts us on a slippery slope.

How involved should the government become with parenting?

The bill targets corporal punishing or spanking, but its designed and written such a way that interpretation will probably cause loads of anguish in the courts, not to mention the time it will waste.

How can you pass a bill that prohibits spanking?

The bill doesn’t outlaw the practice completely, allowing for certain levels of spanking, but when kids start running to police when they’ve been spanked, or when do-gooders report anyone who lays a hand on their kid, who’s going to determine the threshold without a video tape replay.

Here’s part of the wording: The bill adopted by the Senate allows parents, teachers or those acting for a parent to use "reasonable force other than corporal punishment, but only in three specific circumstances: preventing or minimizing harm to the child or another person, preventing the child from engaging in conduct of a criminal nature, or preventing the child from engaging in excessively offensive or disruptive behaviour."
A parent, for example, could not spank the child as a routine disciplinary measure.

Wow. Talk about a convoluted pile of crap.

Hopefully when it gets before Parliament, common sense will kick in and they’ll throw it out.

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