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This That And What Have You
April 18, 2008 @ 09:36
It's going to be a beautiful day so my gorgeous wife and I have decided to go on a little road trip. We're going jump in the car and head for the land of the tiki bar.
I always love a pre-season visit, especially when the weather is good.
We'll park near the highway and then trudge through the sizable amount of snow that remains. We'll open the doors of the tin palace and then the spring air blow through while we enjoy a couple of hours just sitting on the dock with our faces pointed directly at the sun.
Afterwards we'll head for Peterborough have a nice dinner at one of the city's many fine restaurants. Per capita, Peterborough may have the best restaurants in Ontario.
I received some disturbing news yesterday. It seems a house cleaning at the MIX, or MIX-FM or whatever the hell they're calling it these days, has claimed a couple of former colleagues.
Program Director Karen Steele and afternoon drive guy Steve Anthony are no longer there.
Karen was the PD when I got the boot, but she had nothing to do with it. The order came from above. In fact she didn't even execute the nasty deed. She's a darlin'.
Meanwhile, I've always had a soft spot for Steve Anthony. It goes back to the brief period he did mornings at CFNY, a staggering 21 years ago.
Steve is a different kind of guy, but a good guy and I'm sure he'll be fine. Anthony remains an extremely active voice over guy so he's definitely got something to fall back on.
And congratulations to the sweet Taylor Kaye who's become a good friend of my daughter Melanie's. She joins the Mix team to do evenings.
Several people have enquired about my situation with CKTB in St. Catharines. Sorry, but I can't help you.
The station was looking for a summer replacement for mid-morning guy Tom McConnell.
I gave it a shot, and they were looking to make a decision on Monday past. Considering I've heard nothing, absolutely nothing, it's not hard to put two and two together.
But that's OK because on Wednesday I'm meeting with one of those "career changing guys." I think I've reached that point.
Back in 2005 I thought I just lost a job, but it's becoming more and more apparent I may have lost a career.
I'll meet with people and we'll do an analysis of what I've done and explore what other options I might have.
Right now, I can't imagine what that would be, unless there's some business that wants somebody to come in early every morning, say smart ass things and give hockey scores between farts.
The TTC bullshit that's taking place right now is so Toronto. While we push towards a strike, the mayor remains in China and won't be home until Sunday when the strike vote is held.
Any mayor with half a brain would have made a big production of coming home "early" to help save the day, because if public transit isn't one of the main cogs of the city, I don't know what else is. Once again, this mayor falls flat when it really matters.
To be honest, I don't think TTC workers should have the right to strike. It's too vital, and means too much to the economic function of the city.
Negotiations should be done through an arbitrator who decides "how much" is fair for someone who drives a bus or takes tickets.
Another interesting story that caught my eye today dealt with clotheslines.
The Premier, who rivals the mayor when it comes to sucking the electorate into his web of nothingness, says clothes lines will no longer be banned in the province.
They were outlawed some time ago because they were considered unsightly, but now with everybody jumping on the "environmental" bandwagon, the Premier views this as a good opportunity to look like he cares.
Clotheslines are nothing new to me. Neighbour John's wife Ally has been using one for the past several years. She hates to use the dryer so as soon as the weather gets good, out come the clothes.
For the most part, I don't mind, but as a neighbour I have one small complaint.
Whenever Ally hangs John's underwear we lose the sun.
Have a good weekend everybody, and don't forget.
Slice a sweet potato into flat discs, cover with olive oil and then grill till soft.
Ohhhh so good!
I Still Wear Crocs
April 17, 2008 @ 09:00
Yesterday afternoon Mike Stafford sent me a note saying he was going to borrow something from my website for this talk show on am 640.
Another friend of mine had sent me an interesting version of an old Aesop’s Fable entitled The Ant and the Grasshopper. You can read it here.
After Mike had talked about the fable, he read some listener e-mail that dealt with Crocs footwear and the trouble the company is currently experiencing. They plan to close a plant in Quebec and throw over six hundred people out of work.
Anyway, I had to laugh at the e-mails and some of the attitudes men have towards this fabulous footwear and I have to feel bad for them.
They have the same attitude I had before I got my first pair last August. A lot of guys think its some kind of threat to their manhood.
But it’s crazy, once you get over that silliness and slide your foot into a pair; it’s like nothing else you’ve ever worn on your feet.
I love my Crocs. My wife just bought me a second pair of Crocs.
The first pair is the closed toe style that I feel comfortable wearing just about anywhere I go including the supermarket. They’re so convenient. They sit at the front door and they’re so easy to put on. You just slide in and go, with or without socks.
The new pair is an open toe sandal style that I’ll wear at the beach and around the pool. Admittedly it might look a bit odd to wear these while doing errands or negotiating contracts, but that doesn’t make them any less comfortable.
I’ve had several pairs of leather sandals over the years and none of them came close to the comfort and convenience of these babies. They’re awesome.
There was a guy on Stafford’s Show yesterday who came up with a clever analogy.
Obviously not a fan of Crocs, he said this, “everybody talks about the comfort of Crocs, but I’m most comfortable in nothing but my underwear. That doesn’t mean I walk around like that in public.”
Nice one funny boy, but you’re the guy missing out.
You might be asking yourself right about now, if Crocs are so good why is the company in trouble and why are they closing a plant?
So popular and so comfortable cheaper knock offs sprung onto the scene almost immediately and Crocs has been forced to spend a lot of time and money dealing with the copy cats.
But don’t be fooled. I’ve tried the knock offs and they don’t come any where close to the real thing.
Peterborough Looks Nice
April 15, 2008 @ 09:48
With the issue of road tolls in the GTA being raised again, I can’t help but think I’m glad I’m 51 and not 31.
You never want to wish your life away, but in certain situations having an extra twenty years tacked onto your situation ain’t necessarily a bad thing.
When I see young people facing the prospect of three and four hundred thousand dollar mortgages just to get into the housing market, I’m glad I’m 51 and not 31.
My first house cost the equivalent of one year’s salary when I first bought back in 1984.
Yes, it was Brampton but believe me, with the average price even in Brampton nipping at three hundred grand, there are virtually no first time buyers in my position today. It’s out of control.
I honestly don’t know how the average family copes today given the pressures of unrealistic performance expectations, insufficient compensation and corporate greed.
The middle class in under attack and we’re well on our way to creating a society of every day slaves. A culture of debt that will keep the masses under control while a select few at the top make more money than they can ever dream of spending in a lifetime.
It didn’t used to be that way. It’s a culture that started to raise its head in the early 90’s and has flourished to where we find ourselves today – and its not over - talk of third and forty year mortgages and heavy advertising for consolidation loans tells us where we’re going.
What has this got to do with road tolls? It's the capper.
I can’t imagine trying to make a living, and top of everything else, having the government slap a toll on the roads I use. It means more pressure on the middle class and clear indication that the people we pay our taxes to, don’t have any idea how to use them.
And why am I glad I’m 51 instead of 31 when it comes to road tolls in the GTA?
Because I’m in the position where I can say “piss on it all”, pack up and move away.
Who Is That Guy
April 15, 2008 @ 09:46
Unfortunately we’re not going to see that infamous grainy black and white 15 minute film of Marilyn Monroe giving an unidentified man oral sex.
It’s been floating around for memorabilia world for decades, but every owner has wanted to protect Monroe’s privacy
The latest owner is an unidentified New York businessman who paid 1.5 million for the film. But he won’t release it for public viewing and its not going anywhere near the internet.
It shows a fully clothed Monroe on her knees in front of a man whose head is out of frame.
Over the years speculation has run rampant that the man is U.S. President John F. Kennedy, but it’s never been confirmed and many believe he would have never put himself in such a position.
To me, the identity of the man is obvious. 15 minutes?
It must be Superman.
April 14, 2008 @ 08:17
In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “who are these people?”
Who are these people that take an off ramp and then if the light is red, they open their car window and dump their garbage onto the ground?
It’s amazing, you rarely see people do it, but the results are there to be seem, somebody’s doing it, in fact a lot of people are obviously doing it.
What kind of a person does this? What kind of a selfish son of a bitch can’t wait till he gets to where he’s going before dumping his garbage into a proper receptacle.
I assume most of the people who do this probably live in the area they dump their garbage, so again, you have to ask yourself, what kind of a person does this to their own environment?
Who chooses to create their own shit hole?
Granted, after every winter there’s a litter problem. Wind blown debris ends up under the snow and lays there until spring, but this is different. The litter problem we have in the GTA is beyond reason and in some cases comprehension.
Most off ramps offer a wide variety of junk, but water bottles and Tim Horton coffee cups seem to make up the majority of it. And then there are cigarette buts.
Not just a few. Everywhere. And the most disgusting practice is stopping your car at a red light, opening your door and dumping your ash tray onto the road.
This takes a special kind of pig. This type of pig you’d hope would be few and far between, but instead are quite common.
I made this point some time ago. I’m blown away by the hypocrisy. The hypocrisy of the faddish concern for the environment. It’s so popular for people to claim they care and to rank “the environment” as the number one issue heading into the next election.
But then you look around and seen the mess.
The one thing that the average citizen could do for the environment immediately, right now, today, is stop littering or bend over and pick up a piece of crap and put it where it belongs.
It’s too inconvenient. And that’s the truth.
E-mail - Graceland
April 14, 2008 @ 08:16
From time to time people google stuff in my archives and then comment on it.. even though it's several months old.
Such is the case with my posting from last summer entitled, Freddie P's Graceland Tour. I received this on Saturday.
In all due respect to your opinion of Graceland, I feel compelled to
give you mine.
As for the $60 cost to see Graceland, I wonder if you have considered
the cost to maintain it for the 75,000+ visitors each year.
Have you considered the number of our fellow Black Americans who are
duly employed at Graceland, as a result of the
fans all over the world who do appreciate Graceland and Elvis' memory?
As far as Graceland being cheesy and over the top - remember that
Graceland is a replica of the 70's. Just like the small house in Tupelo
is a replica of the poverty Elvis lived in as a child.
I think you lack an understanding of Elvis' roots and musical
accomplishments - especially since you implied as much.
When they do a history of the most influential people in the world in
the past hundred years, Elvis and Martin Luther King are equally
I really don't understand why
after going there, you came away with such a negative attitude....We
are visting the home of "a man" - housed within his many
accomplishments as a singer -
If you can not appreciate any of that - then I would have to say you
are very close minded....
Thank you Mr. Fred for the opportunity to share a different point of
view with you regarding Elvis' home..."
You've Got To Be Kidding
March 25, 2008 @ 09:17
I sit here in utter disbelief this morning as I read that Toronto could make a bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Who the hell cares about the Pan Am games, and what makes anybody think the city in its current state could even begin to organize something like the Pan American Games.
I was against the Olympics coming here for all the obvious reasons, and I’m even more against something as pointless as the Pan Am games.
Can you image the current city council, which still has three years to run on a current mandate, having anything to do with putting this together? They can’t even pose for a goddamn picture let alone handle millions of taxpayer’s dollars that will probably get sucked down the shit hole.
It’s the exception to the rule to make money off these sporting events. They usually leave the host city licking its wounds as they count their losses while blurting bullshit about how wonderful it was to have the eyes of the world focused on us for two weeks.
The Pan American Games? Instead of looking for ways to host the Pan Am games, the country should be looking for ways to back out of the Beijing Games.
The Rest Of The Story
March 25, 2008 @ 09:15
I’m not surprised to read the latest from the Brenda Martin case.
First of all, let me say I’m getting a little sick of her demands from that women’s prison in Guadalajara. We understand she’s upset and at her wits end, but when you start ripping new assholes for those who are trying to get you out, it gets to be a bit much.
Last week after Conservative MPs Jason Kenney and Rick Norlock paid a visit, Martin accused them of grandstanding. Wanting nothing more than a photo op.
That’s not going to win you any friends Brenda.
But it probably doesn’t matter anyway, because it turns out the Mexican government could be holding Martin for ransom.
Apparently the guy Martin worked for in Mexico, Alyn Waage, agreed to pay the judge and the prosecutor half a million dollars to let him go.
They did, but somehow he skipped out on the five hundred thousand before fleeing to Costa Rica.
The whole thing stinks, yet at the same time it makes sense.
You couldn’t help but think there was more to this story than meets the eye, and money pretty much explains it all.
The corrupt and disgusting Mexican judicial system is owed some cash and they ain’t letting go until they get it.
March 24, 2008 @ 10:10
This story definitely won’t help those Canadians who are already addicted to gambling.
A Woodbridge woman won 8.9 million dollars on a slot machine at Casino Rama yesterday, and all it will serve to do is give hope to all those poor bastards who visit Ontario’s casinos when they simply can’t afford it.
It’s a growing problem that’s ignored by government as more and more Canadians face financial ruin as they chase a dream that’s heavily weighted against them.
And you can’t compare casinos to tobacco and alcohol when it comes to taxing vices.
Tobacco and booze were around long before medical science had any idea how harmful they were to you health, and once the tax base was established it was almost impossible to back track.
Casino’s are relatively new to Canada and the harmful side affects were no secret to those politicians thirsty for a new revenue stream.
Personally, I can’t stand the goddamn places.
March 24, 2008 @ 10:09
How would you like to be one of the parents in Kingston who had to go through this bullshit?
Yet another high risk sex offender is released into the streets and then threatens a group of kids playing basketball.
He threatened to cut their heads off.
It’s another one of those things in Canadian society that drives you nuts. You know its wrong, I know it’s wrong, and if you polled every bloody politician in Canada, they’d probably agree its wrong.
But for some reason we continue to go easy on sex offenders and allow them back onto the streets.
Some day the parent of one of these innocent kids is going to kill one of these perverts and it’ll be fascinating to see how our courts handle it.
Something tells me, we won’t like it.