Thursday, December 31, 2009
Speaking of the office....this place seems funny when I'm the only one sitting here...that's what i get for being the boss. Well, I'm not staying late that's for sure (even though I have tons to do...why do today what you can kill a Sunday doing....wait, that's not right).
This may be the last post of the year so I leave you with these gems...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
needless to say, due to the family sniffles, the household is moving in slow motion (also there's this weird 'grandma's basement' smell in the air.....not River's Grandma of course as she reads this...i mean, like olden days grandmas). I think I know what it is...but I was just told if I write it down I may get bitch slapped upside the head....
moving on. the boy has fired up a new trick. he's now started taking his pants off and running around the living room....this is fun (well, he thinks so). the little bugger has also decided that he is a full time 'climber'. Stairs, furniture, chairs, tables, whatever he can get his hands on and his belly on top of. this makes for more parent sprints across the house. have to stay nimble.
well...due to the haze in my head that's all i've got. 10 more minutes of the office and i'm in bed.
tomorrow is new years eve.......i think the blender will get a work out !
Monday, December 28, 2009
I'll still wait for when it hits the t.v.
Now, I know, as people get older they begin to change (all you need to do is look at what Lucas pooped out with the new trilogy). Their priorities change, their views, their ideals, their financial requirements and what in the end is important to them (fan approval possibly). I kinda thought that Kevin Smith would sort of dance that fine line between indie dick and fart joke film and major studio release. And I know he's never shy to admit he's somewhat of a whore when it comes to makin' cash (he sells just about anything he can get his hands on). BUT, I'm a bit shocked at his newest flick. I think Jay would sum this up in one of his most famous phrases from Jay and Silent Bob "Where's my muthaf**kin movie cheque ?!?!?". I never thought I would see Kevin Smith writing and directing a run of the mill buddy cop flick. Although Lethal Weapon 1 & 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 1 & 2 were great flicks (Rush Hour's were predictable carbon copies) I think the genre has seen about all it can see unless it gets a reboot or is reinvented. And to be honest, I don't see either in the trailer. This just looks like any rehashed buddy cop flick...throw in over the hill hardend white cop with loud mouth funny guy black cop, toss in a funny side kick criminal and there we have it...
so...you make up your mind, but I will probably wait for this one at the cheap theater or on T.V.
This guy just doesn't rip the movie cause Jar Jar is lame...he rips it because it's a bad movie and he does a great job in backing up his arguments.
I would go to his You Tube page and watch all parts.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
The first was the Erdinger Weissbier. This is a nice cloudy Bavarian wheat beer at 5.3% that has a very light flavour. Citrus works very well with this. I enjoyed this one and can see myself tucking into again in the future.
The second was the Blanche De Chambly. From Canadian Unibroue , another wheat beer at 5%, again a very light flavour that works well with Citrus.
The third was the Duvel . This is a Golden Ale from Belgium. A stronger beer at 9% but it doesn't have the bite of most strong beers. It's an easy drinking beer with a slight fruit flavour.
I would recommend any of these to someone who is tired of the usual during the holiday season.
Here's a good little article about Pub life and some great places to visit in the UK (I'm pretty sure I've been to a few of these...The DOVE for sure...)
Friday, December 18, 2009
This weekend should be what I look forward to every year...crowded malls...yup...can't wait.
I'll try to do as fast as I can so my head doesn't explode.
Actually, what I do look forward to are the Christmas block busters at the theater. This year I plan on seeing Sherlock Holmes and Avatar. There are others, but these two are the ones I'll be hitting first.
Well, time to wrap it up, close the laptop, grab my 'stuff' and get the fudge outta here.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I've hit the point now where I don't want to accumulate 'STUFF' anymore...we're trying our best to de-clutter. So, I suppose the best gifts are things we can use...Gift Certificates for Restaurants, Trips, Hotels, Food, Diapers for the boy...wait, that's what I'm getting him scratch that (and I don't need them.....yet).
Yes. I think for Christmas, a trip to Vegas....that would be what I'd like to find under the tree this year. A weekend in Vegas in January, or Feb, or March, or all three (I'm not picky).
So...if this is being read by someone.......namely....my wife.....I think there's a pretty good hint above for what you can put in my stocking and under the tree :-)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
But, on a good note, biz looks to be closing out 2009 with a bang. We're going to be crazy busy come 2010....means, I actually have to work now.... ;-p
I could ramble for a while longer but it's time to pack up and play squash....
I hope to have something much more interesting in my next post. In the mean time, here's a video to enjoy...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Big boy went to visit Santa yesterday. It wasn't as easy as last year...last year, he sat on Santa's lap and just looked 'ho-hum'. This year he was having a great time in line with all the set pieces and decorations...but as soon as we got to Santa ? FO-GET IT...no ways in hell I'm sitting on that weirdo's lap....There wasn't crying, he just did his best impression of a noodle and tried to get away from the guy. (To be honest, Santa was a bit strange...I think they found the oldest guy in the city and put him in that chair...he seemed very very frail...he wasn't jolly...he wasn't chubby...he was just kind of skin and bones and a long grey beard). The pictures were...OK...it will make for a good story in the future.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
It's time for me to cut out of here.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Why is it that this is what's considered breaking news these days ? Why would I give a rats ass that Tom is paying Katie 75 mill to have another kid, or that Lindsay Lohan had a sandwich today ?
Is it because we are programmed to receive news 24/7 and that there really isn't anything interesting going on so this is what fills the void ? I think that says something about the current state of the world.
When someone like Spencer Pratt is writing a book about how to be famous when in true fact the guy is a douche who has no redeeming qualities....but seems to make a s**tload of cash for just that, is a sad sad sad thing.
What's even worse is I KNOW who all these people are so I'm just as guilty.
COME ON WORLD ! There needs to be a huge backlash. People need to stop feeding this ridiculous monster that keeps pumping out this crap. Stop watching TMZ. Stop reading Perez Hilton. (don't stop reading Tyler Durden cause he's funny and he posts pictures of girls...that's different).
I think if people start to fight this crap, people like Lindsay Lohan and Spencer Pratt will disappear and/or at least been seen for what they are.....talentless, uninteresting wastes of skin.
now to check facebook ( ha...that's a whole other rant in the making)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The wife and I had discussed New Zealand and Australia....but If we do that, we would plan to make it a minimum of 3 weeks. And the question of whether we take Mr. Man comes up. He was ok with a 45 minute flight to Victoria, but a 16-18 stretch over the Pacific might be another thing (I would foresee lots of screaming...he just can't sit still...busy busy busy).
We have a couple weddings to attend in 2010 but they're local (1 in BC 1 in AB).
So. Where do we go ? Here's a list of possibles. Any recommendations would be great (keep in mind we'd like to drag the kid along, so boozy trips to Mexico, while possible, would be lower on the list).
- New Zealand
- Italy (we've been, but i NEED to go back...ah...Venice)
- Quebec City / Montreal
- L.A. (a return visit is MANDATORY!)
- Las Vegas (already have stuff paid for, just need to pick the dates, and we wouldn't take the boy)
- Somewhere Hot.....Hawaii ?
That's just a few off the top of my head. Road trips aren't out of the question either.
Let me know what you think.
Monday, November 30, 2009
OTTAWA — The end to the recession didn't come with a bang but with a whimper.
Nevertheless, the news Monday that the Canadian economy eked a slim gain in the last quarter made it official: The nine-month ordeal is over.
The data from Statistics Canada showed the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 per cent in the third quarter, far lower than the one per cent growth economists had forecast and the two per cent the Bank of Canada had called for.
Yet it marked the country's emergence, at least numerically, from a period in which the financial crisis threatened the world's banking system, stock markets plunged into an abyss, and hundreds of thousands of Canadians were thrown out of work.
Economists welcomed the news, although they cautioned that the data on gross domestic product, or GDP, contained troubling signs.
"The Canadian economy is erratically grinding out of recession, led by broad-based gains in domestic spending," said BMO Capital Markets economist Douglas Porter.
The numbers were "not exactly a clanging endorsement of the 'end of recession' story . . . but they set the table for a much better fourth quarter."
For all the pain it brought, this recession was in fact less severe than those experienced in the early '90s and early '80s in terms of duration, the unemployment rate and the decline in economic growth.
It was the domestic economy that saved the day.
"Canada didn't have the credit problems that they had in the U.S. and elsewhere," said Diana Petramala, an economist at TD Economics.
"That allowed Canadian businesses and consumers to take advantage of low borrowing rates that other countries couldn't capitalize on,"she said.
That availability of credit helped fuel a dramatic turnaround in the national housing market, and should help push the economy ahead as recent home buyers buy furniture and carry out home renovations, she said.
Furthermore, she said, Monday's data showed a sharp rise in domestic demand, in terms of personal consumer expenditures and a 25 per cent increase in business investment in machinery and equipment, a rate of growth not seen since 1997.
Yet that's where the troubling signs emerge. All that spending by businesses, governments and consumers barely nudged our economic output.
"Canadians are spending, but not on what we make at home," cautioned Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets. Instead the spending went to imported goods.
"We tend to focus on the fear that our exports will be restrained by the higher dollar but we could also see the impact of the strong currency on importers gaining market share in the Canadian domestic economy."
"It's likely to be an ongoing area of concern."
The result was barely discernible annualized growth of 0.4 per cent, a far cry from the 2.8 per cent growth recorded by the U.S. in the third quarter.
"We're out of the recession but the jury is still out on the pace of growth for 2010.
"We may face a somewhat less than typical first year of recovery, largely because of the strength of the Canadian dollar but also because of the potential for growth t next year to disappoint in terms of the global economy," Shenfeld said.
Q3 GDP (% change from previous quarter / annualized / year-over-year):
First quarter 2008 -0.2 / -0.7 / +1.7
Second quarter 2008 +0.1 / +0.3 / +0.7
Third quarter 2008 +0.1 / +0.4 / +0.3
Fourth quarter 2008 -0.9 / -3.7 / -1.0
First quarter 2009 -1.6 / -6.2 / -2.3
Second quarter 2009 -0.8 / -3.1 / -3.2
Third quarter 2009 +0.1 / +0.4 / -3.2
Source: Statistics Canada
The remaining days in London we stayed at a friend of mines place in Parsons Green. One of the nights we headed South West to Putney Bridge. We hit a number of pubs of all shapes and sizes. Half way through, we stopped at a fish and chippy and the dude serving us thought our whole "fly to England to visit pubs" thing was hilarious (he thought it was so funny he threw me an extra piece of fish). And, what did I do ? I ate it...and what did that do ? Filled me up...so the pints were not flowing down. I had to switch (only for a night, so it was ok). I went to rum and coke. At the first place I ordered it, Todd brought me my drink...i tasted it...it was spiced rum...i asked " Bacardi" ? Nope....."Captain Morgan" ? Nope....what then ?
SAILOR JERRY....yes folks....Sailor Jerry. Sounded like Capt. Morgans slower step brother...and yes, it is a real beverage http://www.sailorjerry.com/ This had us laughing for the rest of the weekend.
Once we were done with the pubs and needed food, we went to find a fish and chippy, but at that time the places that were near were closed. We tried pizza, but it was closed as well. What was open ? Fried Chicken....nope good stuff either (even in our condition it was...meh). Funny enough, I was lazy enough to take a taxi to the chicken joint, but was adamant about walking home after we had the grub. We walked through a park heading south from Fullam Broadway. We were informed the next day for a nice lady in the pub that we were CRAZY for doing such a thing. Sensible people do not do such things late at night unless we were asking to get mugged. I'm thinking, we're big enough that people probably kept their distance from us thinking we were the bad boys. Don't worry, nothing happened to us and to be honest, I didn't see one person in the park (it was well lit)
The next day we decided to try and find one of Ramsays pubs, so a 2 second look at the phone when I had internet at the Duke and we were off. Too bad I forgot within 10 seconds what stop we were supposed to get off at. So we jumped on the train and took a wild guess. I thought it was quite far east so we just stayed on the train. It's interesting from a sociological perspective to see how things change the further you get east. We went as far as Upney and thought that was far enough. Yes...Upney (are those bullet holes in the sign?). We got off and wandered...and there was nothing near the station...it didn't take long until we turned around. We wasted about 3 hours traveling that day. Oh well, we saw some interesting sites. We ended up getting off at Whitechapel which is where we should have got off the first time around. We hit a few places and then ended up back in Parsons Green (MISSING THE SUNDAY ROASTS AGAIN !!! dammit).
Monday we headed out again looking for a couple specific pubs. One of them being the Gunmakers. I follow this one on their blog (the owner Jeff does a frequent blog and he's quite the beer lover). It took us a while to get there but we made it....TOO LATE FOR LUNCH dammit ! But I did meet Jeff and I tried the pints he recommended. Landlord and Purity. Both very nice.
Jeff also gave us directions to another pub...I'm not at all sure if we followed his directions right, but we ended up at a place called the The Hat & Tun. Here we tucked into a few pints and we met a group of interesting fella's. One guy was a Jeweler, another was a digital photo fixer (this guy worked for all the big names), 2 guys who owned an online travel company (one of these guys just had a baby a few hours previous and was de-runk), and a furniture guy (who may sell our stuff, who knows). We hung we these guys and then joined two of them off to a couple other pubs.
It was a good last night there.
The next day we woke up sluggishly and had to get on the road. We had to drive the car back to Crawley...this was entertaining. We made it back without incident and with time to spare. Got back to Gatwick with 4 hours to our flight, so enough time to hang and have some lunch.
Flying back....as said in previous post, Air Transat is like a cattle car. I was hoping to gawd that my row was full of either kids or Pygmies. It wasn't. It had a husband and wife....a rather LARGE husband and wife....I think they saw the look in my eye when I saw that was my row. I sat down and it wasn't too bad. Dude next to me leaned towards his wife and I leaned to the isle so, i thought, it wouldn't be too bad for the flight (thank gawd the inflight entertainment was working). 1o minutes into the flight the couple starts to get bitchy. The two sitting next to each other are not comfortable. The flag down a flight attendant and ask (which I rolled my eyes) if there was a row with empty seats. The flight attendant politely told them that the flight was sold out and there were no extra seats. The woman proceeded to bitch about the small seats and that her husband has a bad back (he was like 26 or something ??? Maybe it's not his back, maybe it's his MASSIVE gut lady), and that they wouldn't be able to eat properly (I laughed a bit when this was one of their concerns). The flight attendant did what would have...shrugged. I tried to be polite and lean over as much as possible...I did make a comment to them that "what did you expect from a charter cheap flight ?" and then they bitched more about flight delays and cancellations...again, what would you expect ??
Most of the flight was uneventful, until it was the ladies 3rd, 4th or was it her 8th trip to the bathroom. After was seemed like the millionth time, the dude clued in and moved to her seat against the window. She came back...I got up...and she sat down...but couldn't fit so she lifted the arm rests, sat and then brought them down...but not all the way. CAUSE HER ASS AND THIGHS WERE SPILLING INTO MY SEAT !!! and I mean REALLY SPILLING....I gave her a look like "how am I going to sit down?"...she rolls her eyes and then leaned on her husband. So I said "WTF" and sat my ass down, forcing my ass into the seat and pushing against her...she gave me the "hey you're being rude" look...i didn't care....if I was going be pressed against this woman for 4 hours, I was going to make it uncomfortable for her as well. So...I just threw my shoulders back and went to sleep. I could care less if I was snoring.
Look...I'm not insensitive...I'm a bit on the hefty side...BUT I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT when I fly charters. If you are Overweight and you can't fit between the arm rests, fly with a regular carrier (another good way to signal this is if you need the seat belt extenders). Suck it up. It will cost you more, but you'll be comfortable and you won't piss off the people next to you. OR, buy an extra seat so you can spill into it. OR...you'll just have to endure pissed off people and long uncomfortable flights. Maybe save the money from the trip and join a local boot camp.
Needless to say, I will think long and hard about flying with a charter next time (I won't be stingy with my points that's for sure).
It was a great trip. I don't think there will be another for quite some time (unless I get really really lucky).
At home we put up the Christmas tree and outside lights. The boy was freaked when he saw the tree (he digs lights).
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It took most of the day to get to the place and check in (I also did a few hours of work while I had a good Internet connection).
I met up with my buddy in Parsons Green at the White Horse. This is a great looking pub (and well known in the area for having a great selection of beers). I meet my friends and we headed upstairs for some supper. I of course sampled the fish and chips (very nice) and we sat and chatted while throwing back a Czech beer Staropramen. It's a light tasting beer that goes down nice (and quick....). My friends girlfriend wasn't feeling well so she left early and left us to sample a few more pints. We ended up killing the night there and I stumbled back to the hotel (even though a few places were open, I didn't really feel like hitting the 'night clubs').
The next day was slower day, we headed back to the same area to a Pub called the Duke (see previous trip). I think I only had a couple and then headed back to the hotel (yes...can you believe I went to do some work). After working we hit the pubs close to the hotel and I even broke with tradition and had a Pizza for dinner. The even was an early one...I believe I packed it in around 9pm.
The next day we packed up our shite and headed to my friends place in Parsons Green (he had given me the keys to stay at his place for the remainder of the trip....he was off to Spain to propose to his girlfriend). This was awesome. It was 1) FREE 2) FREE and 3) FREE. And did I mention it was FREE ? Also, it was near a train station, and PUBS !.
After we were squared away we decided to head west into an area we had never been. We worked our way to Putney Bridge. We stopped in at a fish and chippy who gave us directions to pubs (he liked our story and why were there so much he gave me an extra piece of fish for free...did i mention i like free? ). We tried to hit every pub we could (at times my phone would connect to free Internet so I could check the map for more near by pubs). It was interesting to see the price differences from pub to pub. The best prices are obviously in the 'old man pub locals'.
We slowly made our way back to the pad (hitting the Duke before it closed....the Duke would strangely become our 'go to' place for the next few days...the Bartender started to recognize us and what we drank).
More to come.
Friday, November 20, 2009
After the first pint, we set off to get a UK phone. Believe me, if you're traveling for an extended time, bring your phone for emergencies ONLY. Buy a local phone. You can usually pick one up with minutes, ready to go for about 40-60$ CDN depending on the features. In some cases you can just buy a sim card. This is much better than getting home and getting a 1000$ bill in the mail.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Like previous trips, we always had good intentions of coming up with a plan and possibly hitting a new place, but it looks like we're up to our usual 'fly by the seat of our pants' approach. I will be booking a hotel for the first couple nights just to be sure we have a roof over our heads. Also, we'll be crashing at a friends place for a few days.
I'll try to update when I get there (I'm planning on hitting a pub that has a blog to see if I can get my smiling face posted...we'll see what happens).
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A week ago we were hit with a usual morning snow fall. One of these quick fall dumps that comes in like a lion, creates havoc and then melts and disappears in 24 hours. So...what do the dumb ass bad driving locals do? Yup..that's right...drive like it's a summer day.
On my way to work I get behind the wheel and give the road respect. I take it easy driving below the speed limit. I get to an area that's normally 90Kph. I'm doing 60Kph and that's pushing it. This arse gets right up on my tail. I'm already cursing this guy cause I can tell he's mister impatient and probably cursing me, the slow driver. It didn't take him long to switch lanes (into the lane that had more snow) and pass me at a good clip. It was only minutes when he switched lanes back into my lane. Except of course, he didn't respect the snowy road. His rear wheels hit the wet icy built up snow between the lanes and his ass end started to swing out. He did a 180 and ended up in the ditch. I came trundling by at my safe 60Kph and gave him a thumbs up. He gave me the bird. I laughed my ass off all the way to work. This guy was the definition of "an accident waiting to happen".
Dummies....they just won't learn until they kill someone...I hope it's just not me.
Monday, October 26, 2009
If the world does go all Zombie, I think I'll do ok. I'll need to work on my cardio (and I hope H1N1 Zombies aren't like the Rage Zombies in '28 Days Later'...meaning, they stumble and don't run).
So, I'll just be mindful of the news over the next few weeks and see if I'll need to stock up on water and shot gun shells.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- Stamps Riders game...wtf? All the action was in the overtime
- Calgary Food and Wine Show (lots of goodies there)
- Big Boys first Bog Boy Haircut (no freak outs, just his usual 'can't sit still self')
- British Fish and Chippy just opened by our place...I will return !
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Canadian dollar has risen more than five cents in the past two weeks, much of it in the last few days of trading.
It closed up 0.73 cents at 96.48 cents U.S. Tuesday from the central bank's posted rate Friday, although it had been above 97 cents for much of the day and was higher in overseas markets Monday when Canadian markets were closed for Thanksgiving.
Speaking in Vancouver, Harper said he was concerned, especially with the quick pace of the appreciation.
"As we said before, we're not out of the woods. There are many risks ... and obviously the value of the Canadian dollar is a risk to recovery," he said.
"I don't think it's a risk to choking off the recovery but if it goes up too rapidly it does have difficult effects on our economy."
The prime minister went on to say the currency is the responsibility of the Bank of Canada, but did not say what he believes governor Mark Carney should do, if anything.
Carney has taken to trying to jawbone the dollar down since it began its steady ascent from 76.53 cents on March 9 with little to show for it.
Avrim Lazar of the Forest Products Association of Canada said the time has come for Carney to match his words with action.
"This is not a penny mining stock we're talking about. It's our currency, the foundation of our economic growth," he said.
"I'm not going to tell Mark Carney how to do his business, but we're saying if you want to keep jobs in this country and you want to avoid destroying the recovery, he has to use the tools at his disposal."
The simplest way for the bank to intervene is to print Canadian dollars and use them to purchase the U.S. currency - in essence devaluing the loonie while increasing demand for the greenback.
Many economists have been forecasting the loonie would hit parity with the U.S. greenback in the middle of next year.
"It could happen middle of next week," said Derek Holt, vice-president of economics with Scotia Capital.
That is good news for consumers in Canada, who may see the prices of imported goods fall in what economists call a "back-door pay hike," and for vacationers or retirees who spend their winter months in the warm states.
However, a strong loonie is regarded as a net negative for the economy with about 35 per cent of the country's gross domestic product is tied of exports and three-quarters of those are destined for the U.S.
The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters estimates a one per cent appreciation in the value of the loonie - roughly equivalent to one cent at current levels - reduces sales by about $2 billion, equating to about 25,000 jobs.
The bank's next opportunity to chime in on the dollar comes next week at its pre-scheduled policy rate announcement. Few Carney will intervene.
The problem is that Canada's currency is not the only one on the move. Since March 9, other so-called commodity plays have performed just as well, or as in the case of Australia, far better. The Aussie buck has risen about 43 per cent against the U.S. currency, to Canada's 26-per-cent appreciation.
"This is a freight train. There's only so much the Bank of Canada can do," said Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist with BMO Capital Markets.
Analysts say a number of factors are at play, including the fact that money seeking a safe haven in the world's most liquid currency during the crisis this past winter is moving elsewhere now that global growth appears to be resuming.
And the fundamentals favour Canada. Growth in China and other Asian countries is again leading to an increase in demand for commodities that Canada exports. As well, Canada is not as saddled with debt as the United States.
"Sentiment has turned very quickly, very negatively against the U.S. dollar. The market is very focused on the U.S. deficit and the plans for funding it... and the market is concerned about the general outlook for the U.S.," said Camilla Sutton, a currency analyst for Scotiabank.
In the past week, the loonie got additional turbo boosts from the surprisingly strong jobs gain reported on Friday - a net gain of 31,000 jobs - and the Australian central bank's decision to raise rates, leading to speculation the Bank of Canada would be among the next to move.
The loonie's strength, however, makes that even more improbable, noted Porter, since raising rates before the U.S. Federal Reserve does will only add more fuel to the loonie's boosters.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I have a feeling this guy will bust out huge and be all over Seacrest !
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
As far as I'm concerned this guy might as well have, gone down, bought a gun, and randomly pulled the trigger behind the heads of the people in the car.
You would expect a severe sentence for the killing of a young father,mother, 2 young girls, and a 16 month old baby...something in the neighborhood of rotting in jail until he dies. Nope. Our system found him guilty of Five cases of manslaughter which puts him in jail for....wait for it....8 years...with it being reduced to 5.5 ( and more than likely out on good behaviour in 2.5). And this was considered severe by the judge??????
This guy kills 5 and destroys the lives of countless families and he gets to go hang out for a couple years. Some say "oh, he has to live with what he did for the rest of his life"...BULLS**T...I think people miss the fact that he still has LIFE...what about the 16 month old and the young girls? They didn't even get a shot at life...and I'm suppose to feel bad for the dude who killed them cause he'll have possible feelings of regret ? I hope the people who say this never have to live with the fact that their baby or child was killed by a drunk driver.
I won't even get into the fact that the defence lawyer was shooting for probation and house arrest....
I get sick just thinking about this whole thing....
Read the story here: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Cement+truck+driver+serve+years/2077725/story.html
Monday, October 5, 2009
And, I was right. This movie is no 'Shaun of the Dead' but it is a close second (very close). It had good laughs throughout the whole movie. The characters were well written and not completely predictable. It was very apparent to me that the side kick role was probably supposed to be Michael Cera, but he's kind of a hot property right now so they went for a cheaper version. Don't get me wrong, Jesse Eisenberg does an awesome job, it's just his delivery is very Cera (which works for the role).
Woody is Woody. Perfect for the role, like he was born for it...kind'a like Natural Born Killers and Woody on Cheers. The girls were replaceable. Nothing memorable about them. (Emma Stone looks better in this one than she did in Superbad...could be that she's not playing a teen...or maybe I have a thing for a girl with super eye liner that seems to change throughout the flick).
The cameo was funny, although I think there was a hell of a lot more they could have done in L.A. (like chase down celeb zombies and make movie/personal references while blowing their heads off "say hi to Xenu for me Cruise" or "you just shot the zombie paris hilton...she was a zombie?" stealing a line from the simpsons....but i digress.
This movie WILL have a sequel. It was #1 on opening weekend doing 24 Mill on a movie that had a production budget of 23.6 Mill....that's good economics boys when the flick makes all the money back on the first weekend and then gravy rolls in...and it will.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Ladies and gentlemen...I introduce...BITCH SLAP: THE MOVIE
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
If you're like me (or the guy in the IKEA kitchen commercial) who comes home and needs to get a bunch off the chest, you can now log in and vent.
http://www.dykwpmo.com/ or "do you know what pisses me off" .com
I will probably be a featured poster on this site considering everything I see on a daily basis....
...calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean....
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
- Rubber Neckers - These are jack-asses who stop paying attention to what they're doing, typically slow down and stare at an accident or some other thing on the side of the road. Recently our receptionist was rear ended by a person doin' 100 Kmph because they were looking at an accident on the other lane...AND THEY ADMITTED IT TO THE COPS !?!?!?
- People who have no idea how to use a traffic circle - and then honk and shake their fist at the people who do...how many times do they need to side swipe someone until they learn ??
- People who stop at the beginning of a merge lane....THERE'S A MERGE LANE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO STOP !
- People who don't know the rules of a 4 way stop and sit and stare at everyone else when they have the right of way. I have one near my house and daily I shake my head at people and then just go or I'd be sitting there for hours.
I could go on about people who pass on the outside of people turning, people who don't slow down in playground zones & residential areas, etc but...no need to get the blood pressure up
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As for NCIS L.A. It's a little early. It doesn't seem to have the same appeal. Doesn't have the same humor. It might take half a season to find it's groove. If it doesn't it might not last (even with LL).