Thursday, December 31, 2009

what's this mean ?!?!?!?!

Happy New Year !

The Prez cuttin Kanye...awesome !

I couldn't say it better Mr. Prez....

Soggy Leftovers....

I made awesome Spicy Sausage Quesadillas last night...they turned out great. So I was all excited as I had the leftovers ready for my lunch today. We don't have a stove in the office so I had to use the microwave....wow does that suck...Now I have soggy quesadillas. It's so disappointing. I was pumped for these things. Mind you, they still taste good, but there's just something about the soggy texture that just lets you down.

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

colds are awesome during the holidays

the wife got sick just before christmas which has now spread to the boy and me (oh no H1N1...oh wait, is that crazy train over ?). Well...I'm not really sick...just a few sniffles...I'll just drown it with beer tomorrow night. That always works right ?
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 !

Hann Solo P.I.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Smith's crap buddy cop flick

just a correction....Smith didn't write his new straight to the cheap theater flick...he's just been tapped to direct...which TOTALLY is jay's line "where's my muthaf**kin movie cheque ?!?!". It makes more sense that he would just direct this garbage versus writing it...I mean, a man's gotta get paid somehow....

I'll still wait for when it hits the t.v.

WTF is Kevin Smith up to ?

I have a soft spot for the movie clerks. I first heard about it back in '94 or '95 I think, and I rented it and loved it instantly. I made my friends watch it and got them hooked. And I waited excitedly for each and every new flick. Each one has their moments, but none really got me the way clerks did (jay and silent bob did make me laugh out loud a fair amount).

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.

THE ALL TIME BEST PHANTOM MENACE REVIEW !

If you are a movie fan / Original Star Wars fan I would recommend you watch this guys entire 70 minute long review. It kicks ass !!!
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.

http://www.youtube.com/user/RedLetterMedia

Funny Star Wars Spike Ads



Hits of 2009 mashed up as one

Here's a cool mash up of the hits of 2009 by DJ Earworm.


Flames Game Dec 17th - iphone pic


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Scrooge

curled up on the couch with fresh baked chocolate cookies and some egg nog watching Alister Sim get scrooged !

Final day at the office = Pizza and Beer

Just getting ready to shut it down for Christmas from the office. Finished off a few pieces of pizza and a beer (I bought the boys lunch....I'm such a nice guy).


Now, time to clean up the desk (ummm....that can wait) and pack my shite and get 'er done...the 'er = christmas shopping. Yes folks, I have really left it until last minute...but I have the rest of the day so that should be ok.


1 quick comment about something I saw a while ago...I'm a huge geek when it comes to Star Wars (original, not the new ones) and I saw a Death Star Lego in a store along with a Mellenium Falcon which looked super detailed and cool. I expected these to come in just over 100$...I was WAAAAAY wrong. Both were upwards of 700$. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WILL PAY THAT ?!?!?!?!?!


Anyway...Next post will more than likely be after Christmas....I had planned to not be in the office next week...but I just had a few bids drop on my desk...you know, business would be easy if it weren't for the customers... >wink<


Enjoy the fire !


Monday, December 21, 2009

A few Beers

At the work Christmas party this past weekend I had the opportunity to try a few new beers.

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.

My new favourite Rum


Pub Website and article

Here's a good pub website that I stumbled on through the Gunmakers blog. www.dwink.com

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...)

ARTICLE

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday...1 week 'till Christmas

Friday....3:27pm.....shuttin' it down...headin' home to grab the family. We're goin' to our favourite Chinese place (Pearl Dragon) then off to Zoo Lights (The boy LOVES lights).

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.

http://www.calgaryzoo.org/

http://www.avatarmovie.com/

http://sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com/

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Andy Sandberg - Love it

What i want for Christmas

I have no idea what I want/need for Christmas. This is such a simple time when you're young. You just open a Toys'r'us catalogue and point randomly. For me, it's become a time of doing a sock and underwear inventory...toss out the ones with holes, count what I have left and voila (for those non-French, that's pronounced WHA-LA....I just don't know how to put the accent above the a on this laptop) the difference is what I need for my stocking. Other than socks and man panties, I really can't think of what I want/need. Ok, let's be reasonable...I would love a PS3, XBOX 360, a new car, a remote controlled helicopter or plane, a Mac Laptop with music software loaded, new skates, and the list goes on....but I really don't NEED these things (the XBOX etc will come later when the boy is old enough to ask for it, so that's taken care of in time).

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

I got Nuthin'

I got nuthin...nothing new to report or discuss. 2010 fast approaches as does Christmas and really I'm ill prepared for both. And now that the temperature is somewhat normal, I dread hitting the malls for Xmas Prezzies....nothing drives me more crazy than crowds in a mall.

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...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's that time of year again....


It's that time of year again. The holiday specials populate the boob tube. And, just like every year, I seem to miss my favourites. I've already missed Charlie Brown and The Grinch (good thing they are playing again on another channel). I'll need to make sure I don't miss A Christmas Carol or I'll be Mr. Bah Humbug.

And really, what the hell else are we gonna do when it's -30C outside but curl up in front of the T.V.

Friday, December 11, 2009

First appearance of Boba Fett - from 1978 Holiday Special

Big Boy Meets Santa 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

Flight...........hmmmmm


a quick search has shown me that a direct flight / return to Hawaii is only 565$ all taxes in.....wow. That's very interesting and requires some careful thought. (this could become the new mancation destination...I mean, family vacation destination....only a 7 hour flight)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

X-Box 720 ?

What is the life expectancy of a gaming console these days? 3 years ? 5 years ? The original X-Box was introduced in 2001 and discontinued in 2006. X-Box 360 was introduced in 2005. If we follow the trend, it's life should be over next year. So...will the rumors of X-Box 720 be true (see concept sketch above) ? Who knows...All I know is I'll be forking out the $$$$ when the boy is old enough to know what they are and what they do (funny thing, when the boy does ask, I'll be in my car before he knows what's happening, mostly cause I WANT a new one...and I can't wait until he asks). I just hope that this happens when the new console is introduced (I'd hate to pay the $$$ and then 1 year later hear " DAAAAAAAAD...Can we get the new >insert game name here<..PUH-LEEEEEEEEEEASE ! the old one sucks").

Friday, December 4, 2009

Where did this weather come from ? - iphone pic

We got hit with some weather just before lunch...it took me almost 2 hours to drive 20 min back to my office due to some a$$ who jack-knifed his trailer across two lanes on a straight road (I have NO idea how he did this). This picture is what it currently looks like out our office door.

It's time for me to cut out of here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

News = Tiger bangs some waitress = Some Actor had lunch

I hope to god that the vast majority of thinking people in the world care as little as I about the fact that Tiger Woods was bangin' some chick on the side. Who cares. He got busted and it's going to cost him. This happens daily to unknown people all around the world, and unless it's happening to you, you could give a s**t.
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

Next Vacation ?

With 2010 fast approaching, I'm finding that I need to plan farther ahead than just a month or so. It's no secret I have itchy feet; no sooner do I get home I want/need to go somewhere new. It's pretty safe to say that the remainder of December we'll be home (quick trip to see the family at Christmas but that's only a couple hours drive....there is a slight chance I may have to get on a plane, but I think that chance will be deferred to January...and that's work related).

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
  • Australia
  • Italy (we've been, but i NEED to go back...ah...Venice)
  • Switzerland
  • 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.

Giggin' with Trooper


I got the call a week or so ago "You wanna open for Trooper?"...I responded, "you had me at wanna". I used to be in a cover band in the early-mid 90's and the lead singer is still doin' his rock and roll duty and gets the odd opening act for some of the bands rolling through his neighborhood (we did an opening gig for Kim Mitchell a few years back).
This time, there was a problem. I didn't have an acoustic guitar. My old one met an untimely death in the back of a van (it was only in a gig bag and the neck was snapped off). So...I had to buck up and buy a new one. Since I plan on teaching the boy, I figured I better get a half decent one since I plan to keep it for the rest of my life. I hit the best places in town and let me tell you, in a time of recession, retail outlets need to up their CUSTOMER SERVICE. Here I am, a guy who is GOING to spend money and sales people ignored me. I went to a place where I knew people in the past and have bought many times. I wandered into the acoustic room and was greeted by a guy. 'good start' i thought. The dude helped me out for a bit and grabbed me a couple guitars to play. I asked the usual questions (at least showing I wasn't a novice...so, don't screw with me). I started to ask about price and the dude left. So I sat there and played. While I was playing another possible 'buyer' started asking ME questions about acoustics. I helped him out and gave him the low down on styles, prices, makes, etc. I started to wonder where my sales dude was as it had been about 20 minutes.
THEN, another dude walks in and say "you know we're closing in 5 minutes?". I was a bit shocked and told him "I'm waiting for the sales dude that was in here"...he shrugged and came in and started cleaning up. The guy I was helping thanked me for the help and left (the new sales dude didn't bat an eye at him...wtf?). So...since the five minutes were up, I packed up the guitar and chatted with the new guy, dropping the names of the people I knew that worked there (trying to get a reaction out of him...it didn't seem to do anything other than annoy him slightly). He walked me out (I didn't see other sales dude). All I thought was, these douches lost a sale.....dummies.
So I drove over to their competitors, who were still open for an additional 3 hours. I was greeted as soon as I walked in. I walked into their acoustic room and was followed by one of the sales guys who waited until the right time to ask me what I was looking for. I quickly told him and we went through the 'I know what I'm looking at so don't try to sell me something stupid' stuff and also the 'does the sales guy know what he's talking about'. Both were good. We worked through a few guitars and I found the one I liked ! DONE ! SOLD ! BAM ! Commission for the dude who gave me good service !
Listen people ! In every business, good customer service will get you repeat and continued business and money in your pocket, no matter if you're selling me a guitar, a pint, a car or a house !
I packed up on Thursday to hit the road with the intent of learning the songs on the way (by listening to them of course)...once I was 20 min into the drive I realized my CD was screwed...stupid Vista...so I only had the songs on my laptop which wasn't good for listening on the road.
I arrived with enough time to run thru the songs once and then head out for a pint (it was a runaway).
Gig day, we rehearsed the songs again (tunes from The Band, Barenaked Ladies, The Hip, Neil Young, Blue Rodeo, Stompin' Tom, and a couple others...funny...I can't remember which ones they were). We figured they were pretty good and we headed off for sound check at 3:30. We checked at 5:30......
Doors opened at 9pm and we weren't sure what time we were going on. We asked the bar owner and he figured 10:30 (sheesh, that's my bedtime). Trooper was on at 11:30 (yikes).
We hit the stage (the place was pretty big with two levels and the stage was a good 5-6' from the dance floor...there were at least 2-300 people there all groovin to hits of the 80's) at 10:20 and cranked out the tunes. I was impressed. We fell back into it like we hadn't stopped playing (a couple missed notes from me but nothing the crowd would notice). Even the sound guy, who's rare with the compliments, told us we sounded great. That and the cougars hitting on us afterward gave us the validation we so needed ! (ha).
Trooper came on blazing at 11:30 and had the crowd rolling with what could have been the entire playlist from Hot Shots...the only one I didn't recognize was a 'new' tune....let's jut say, this won't be a Canadian classic.
We met the guys after the show, drank their beer, ate their food, and hung out for the rest of the night.
I had the opportunity to go to their show on Saturday in Calgary for the Grey Cup Riders party (comp'ed tickets, beer, back stage) if I helped them drag swag and merch back to Calgary but that would have meant me getting up the next day at 5am (EF THAT!).
All in all a good show, a good weekend, and good guitar lost it's cherry...and we were there for a good time, not a long time, the sun don't shine everyday (see what I did there ?)
I hope there's more shows in the future.