Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Great quote from tonights show, a repeat damn it.

Zhiva referring to Tony and McGee "You two are like an old married couple."

Gibbs "No their not ... they are still talking to each other."

Love the show. It never fails to make me chuckle.

Monday, November 29, 2010


I am torn over the recent wikileaks.

On the one hand they are private communiques. Would I like it if my emails, IM's, or text messages were made public? No. Who would.

Yes, they were from the government not an individual but why should that be any different? Hell, think of what we tell others about friends, family, co-workers, people we have interacted with. Would you want everything you said made public? Of course not.

On the other hand some of them are damn interesting as is the damage control. As are the people getting pissy about some of the leaked documents. :)

When it comes to the stuff released/mentioned about Canada so far is ... laughable. The comments about "knee-jerk anti-Americanism" by Canadians was made by ... a Canadian. Former CSIS head Jim Judd when talking with a US State Department official. The yanks didn't say it.

The other Canada related one floating around that makes me laugh hasn't even been released yet. There is a lot of speculation, or warning, that some of the as yet unreleased ones will contain talk about the "inferiority complex" of Canadians. Why not wait and see what it actually says and in what context before getting excited? Oh wait, that is a sign of an inferiority complex.

I am a Canadian and BOTH of those statements are TRUE to a degree. Canadians often have a knee jerk reaction about things that can be anti-American. Why that happens would be more interesting to look into than the fact that is appears in a US diplomatic cable. Also, many of us do have an inferiority complex when it comes to the US. Hell many Canadians actually define themselves as Canadian by saying it means they aren't American. Neither statement is a surprise.

If those are the worst things to be found related to Canada in the wikileaks then the US has nothing to worry about vis-a-vis the US and Canada.

Amazing Race

Interesting, in the preview for next weeks Amazing Race it shows them going to ... South Korea. I can't remember a race ever going to South Korea before.

I wonder what they will make them eat?

Amazing Race

The latest episode of amazing Race (Season 17 Episode 10) was the pukiest I have ever seen.

They all had to go to a chinese Buffet and one person from each team had to find 1 of 5 PIECES of fake food that was mixed in with the real food. Claire from one team puked at least twice and Vicki from another team puked at least once. It took a while for most teams to get through.

I can't remember a challenge where there was this much puking. Even the stinky tofu challenge in a previous race didn't have this much puking. Lots of gagging but not this much puking.

It was funny to hear Claire`s partner talking about how this was the way they did it during the Reneaissance ... eat, puke, and then eat more. Binge and purge baby! Binge and purge!

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen is dead. :(

He is one of the greatest comedians and actors to come out of Canada. Whether his movies or his television appearances (Due south) he never failed to make me laugh.

You will be missed.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Funny memory.

Ever have one of those days where you just keep making silly mistakes? My friend Mike had one back when we were in University.

It started when he came over to my place. He was channel surfing while I got ready. As I walked into the room a movie was just ending. In the last scene you see a male and female walking into the water from a distance.

Mike says "She has a nice ass."

I had seen the movie before and laughed at him. I said "Dude. She is 11 years old!"

Mike didn't have much to say.

About 10 minutes later the TV was on Much Music. You could see a lot of swirling blonde hair and a face.

Mike said "Damn she is cute."

Once again I had to laugh. I said "Mike, that is Sebastian Bach of Skid Row. I didn't know you swung that way.

An hour later we hooked up with a couple of friends and went to the store. We needed some rum and mix. As we got out of a car everyone noticed a convertibleabout 5-6 rows away. You could see someones denim clad ass sticking up. They stood up and you saw a lot of blond hair too.

Mike sighed and said "I'd do that!"

Then the person turned around. I almost peed myself laughing. It was a guy.

Poor Mike. They say things happens in threes and his faux pas' certainly did that day.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yes Minister - Open Government

Open Government:

Government is actually more open when it is less open. Open government is rather like the live theatre: the audience gets a performance. And it gives a response. But, like the theatre, in order to have something to show openly there must first be much hidden activity. And all sorts of things have to be cut or altered in rehearsals, and not shown to the public until you have them right.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Double Entendres

I was at a family dinner at my brother's tonight. The subject got onto foods of the world.

One of my niece's had been to a Korean restaurant in Halifax called Seoul Retaurant. She was telling me what she had, and what she liked.

Jokingly, I said "Damn, I should have told you to order boshintang."

I got a lot of strange looks from around the table. Another niece said "Wouldn't you have to go to the strip club (Ralph's Place) for that? Doesn't it come with the bearded clam?" and everyone chuckled.

Then the lightbulb went off over my head. "Ahhh! No. Dog soup. Boshintang. Not Bush and Tongue."

Of course this brought out another story from back when I was in University. I was with 3 friends at a local bar, Big league's, for lunch. The drink service was horrible but the food service was good and they had a hot new waitress.

Our friend Dave was having trouble choosing what to get. he was torn between the breaded shrimp or getting clams and chips. The waitress showed up to get our orders. Everyone but Dave ordered. When it was his turn he looked up from the menu at her. I guess he was taken by her looks, not that the rest of us blamed him for that.

He blurted out "I'll have the bearded clam!"

Then he looked mortified and said "I meant the bearded shrimp. The breaded shrimp! The breaded shrimp!"

Luckily, the waitress had a good sense of humour and didn't take offense with Dave's brain fart. She did end up getting a good tip from Dave too, who was still flustered when we left.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Yes Minister - Code Language

Civil Service Code Language

1) "Something is not in the public interest." = It is in the public interest but it is not in the interest of the Civil Service.

2) "Public opinion is not yet ready for such a step." = Public opinion is ready but the Civil Service is not.

3) "This is an urgent problem and we therefore propose setting up a Royal COmmission." = This problem is a bloody nuisance, but we hope that by the time a Royal Commission reports, four years from now, everyone will have forgotten about it or we can find someone else to blame.

4) "I think we have to be very careful." = We are not going to do this.

5) "Have you thought through all the implications?" = You are not going to do this.

6) "It is a slightly puzzling decision." = Idiotic!

7) "Not entirely straightforward." = Criminal.

8) "With the greatest possible respect, minister." = Minister, that is the silliest thing I've ever heard.

Friday, November 19, 2010

R.I.P. Pat Burns

Damn, I didn't watch the news, I tend to avoid the news, and was surprised by this. Pat Burns, former Habs coach (and a few other teams) passed away today. He was great behind the bench and from anything I have read a nice guy. There aren't a lot of coaches out there today with his character.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Don't you hate it when ...

... you are trying to lay down and rest because you feel like crap and the fates conspire to disturb you? If it isn't the god damn phone ringing, and any other time it wouldn't be that busy, it is the dog wanting in and out or someone at the door.

Mike Richards .... whiney baby?

So, Mike Richards has his panties in a bunch about P.K. Subban. Richards' team lost 3-0 to the Habs and Richards felt he had to single out Subban for his "actions".

Richards said

"It's just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he's better than a lot of people. You have to earn respect in this league. It takes a lot. You can't just come in here as a rookie and play like that. It's not the way to get respect from other players around the league.

"Hopefully, someone on their team addresses it, because, uh, I'm not saying I'm going to do it, but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky."

What did Subban do that was so cocky and wrong? He played very hard, getting 3 minor penalties and talked about it. When he was pushed around on the ice ... he fought back.

I wonder what, if anything, critical Richards had to say about Steve Downie's rookie year as a Flyer?

It sounds like a lot of sour grapes and a way for Richards to try and deflect things away from the flyers being shut out by the Habs.

The Walking Dead

I have been watching the new TV show The Walking Dead. It is pretty much a zombie movie made for TV, based on a comic book of the same name, but it is good. Interesting characters and adventures.

The group hiding out in the woods confounds me a little. They are worried about zombies showing up but have built NO defenses. Even a rudimentary palisade would at least give them time to get in vehicles or get ready to fight back.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yes, Minister! Consideration.

What's the difference, to a Civi Servant, between "under consideration" and "under active consideration"?

"Under consideration" means they have lost the file. "Under active consideration" means they are trying to find it.


... and I am actually talking about yesterday, not the Beatles song Yesterday. ;)

I spent the day out with my best friend. We hit the Halifax Municipal Archives in the morning. What a great spot, and one not many people even know exists. It is a treasure trove of information on the area. The staff is excellent. Very helpful and informative.

My main purpose was the afternoon excursion to the Nova Scotia Public Archives. I wanted to do some genealogical research. While I didn't find information about my grandfather I did locate some information about a great great great great great grandfather that had been confounding me for decades. (I started doing Family tree research when I was in high school.) As with the HMA, the staff here was great. They helped me find information I hadn't even thought of looking for.

Lunch was a bit of an adventure. For old times sake we went to Pizza Corner and ate at Sicilian. My friend thought there was some donair sauce on the table and kind of ignored it. A few minutes later a bird flew in and started walking around. I thought i had seen one fly out when we were walking towards the place but figured I was imagining things. The staff did nothing to get rid of the bird and continued to leave the door open. The donair sauce on the table was probably bird shit. To top it off, the pizza slices just weren't that good. The sauce had little flavour and they skimped on the pepperoni. I won't be eating at that place again.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What the ... wedding announcement?!?!?

What is the top news story in Canada? Prince William is engaged to get married. Evidently this is a much more important story than Canada continuing it's role in Afghanistan. Or the explosion in Mexico that left Canadians dead and wounded. Or the economy. Or jobs. Or anything else that is more relevant than an engagement.

CBC NewsWorld devoted 10 minutes at the top of the hour to prattle on and on about the engagement. What did you get to hear?

The announcement of the engagement which actually happened last month.

The British PM blather about how the engagement is so important he was interrupted in a Cabinet Meeting to be told about it.

How the Cabinet stopped the business of running the country to cheer.

A CBC talking air head (female) say "As William got older I started liking the younger Prince more." What a creepy cougar. Imagine if a male announcer said that about a young woman?

CBC NewsWorld devoted almost 10 minutes of the opening news hour to THIS story???? Give me a fucking break. I can understand the news reporting this but as the top story with so much time devoted to it? That is retarded.

This is one of the reasons why I try to avoid the watching the news. It is shite. They will blather on about crap like this as a top story while much more important things are going on.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Yes, Minister! Inverse Relevance

The law of Inverse Relevance: the less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Best line!!!!

I was watching Shit my Day Says and heard one of the best lines I have heard in a while.

Dad: A job is like a woman. You find one that's easy. You hang on to it until you can't stand it anymore.

Great analogy! :) The sons comment was good too, but not as good.

Son: Or until it gives you crabs because it banged some bartender on Spring Break.

I love this show. Hope it does more than one season.

Yes, Minister! Kinds of Silence.

From Yes, Minister ...

The Three Varieties of Civil Service Silence

1) The silence when they do not want to tell you the facts: Discreet Silence.

2) The silence when they do not want to take any action: Stubborn Silence.

3) The silence when you catch them out and they haven't a leg to stand on. They imply that they could vindicate themselves completely if only they were free to tell all, but they are too honourable to do so: Courageous Silence.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Flanders Field

In Flanders Field
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Storming Juno

As part of Remembrance Day the History Channel is showing the movie Storming Juno. It covers the efforts of the Canadian forces at Juno beach during the Normandy assault.

I like the way it is showing things from different perspectives. They shows things from the point of view of select Armour, Infantry, and Airborne units. The mix of real footage and new is interesting.

An hour into it and it is still worth watching. My main problem is that I was expecting a movie, as in an action movie, but this is more of an action-documentary. Docu-drama? Action-ary?There is action but there is a strong element of a documentary. Still, a good watch, but not quite what I expected.

There is a very interesting website too.

Lest We Forget!

Added later: Now, an hour and twenty minutes into it, it has turned into a full documentary. This REALLY isn't what I was expecting from all the commercials leading up to it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lucky Mook

Fucking mook on the way home was lucky

My Great Aunt, more like a sister to my mom, is dying. We spent the evening at her bedside.

On the way home I came to an intersection. There is a short merge lane to the right and then two regular lanes. I waited just to be safe. There was an SUV coming but he was far enough back that i could have made it out into the regular lane. You can never be sure or drivers so i just pulled out into the merge lane.

Sure enough the cunt had sped up as soon as he saw me starting to turn into the merge lane. Next thing I see in the driver side mirror is this asshole stopped ... in the REGULAR lane ... behind me. He is blasting his horn, flashing his lights, and screaming. Keep in mind I am in the MERGE lane ... haven't even come NEAR the regular lane.

I wait about 8-10 seconds and the asshole is STILL stopped and acting out. Screw that noise, I start driving and pull into the regular lane. Thank you Mr. Mook.

He ends up behind us at the next lights. Once again there is blasting of the horn and lots of swearing. Fuck You this and pussy that. All I can do is chuckle, and fight the urge to give him the finger. My mother is starting to get concerned though. Is he going to try following us home? Is he going to try cutting us off? THAT started pissing me off. It was a hard enough night without this stupid piece of shit scaring my 78 year old mother.

I tell her not worry. Assholes like this don't usually have the stones to do anything. They are all show and no substance. You encounter a lot of them in Korea.

Sure enough. Asshole ends up beside us hiding behind his tinted windows b ut keeping pace. I grin at him. He peels away fast as he can. Fucking pussy. Part of me is glad he did that because my mother was getting worried. Part of me wishes he had gotten out or followed me because I have a lot of frustrations and could use someone to beat them out on.

Yes, Minister.

I used to watch the British comedy Yes, Minister which eventually became Yes, Prime Minister. It poked fun at the politicians as well as the civil service. (Having been involved in politics and worked in the civil service I found a lot of what was said to be spot on about the trouble with both.) Although it was about British politics some of what was said was universal. There are some great quotes from the show. Some of the applicable to life today. Here is a good one.

The facts of life according to the Civil Service.

1) Ministers come and Ministers go. The average Minister lasts eleven months in any Department.

2) It is our duty to assist the Minister to fight for the Department's money despite his own panic reactions.

3) However, the Minister must be allowed to panic. They need activity - it is their substitute for achievement.

4) The argument that we must do everything a Minister demands because he has been 'democratically chosen' does not stand up to close inspection. MP's are not chosen by 'the people' - they are chosen by their local constituency party, i.e. 35 men in grubby raincoats or 35 women in silly hats. The further 'selection' process is equally a nonsense: there are only 630 MPs and a party with just over 300 forms a government - and of tehse 300, 100 are too old and silly to be Ministers, and 100 are too young and too callow. Therefore there are about 100 MPs to fill 100 government posts. Effectively no choice at all.

5) It follows that as Ministers have had no proper selection or training, it is our patriotic duty to arrange for them to make the right decision as often as possible.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A moron said what?

FOX news never fails to amaze us with the sheer stupidity of their talking heads.

Lynda Carter was on Fox and Friends. (For what I am talking about here look around the 3min mark.) Of course a lot of the talk was about Wonder Woman. At one point one of the FOX idiots, err talking heads, I believe his name is Brian Kilameade but I could be wrong, stammered out something so moronic even the other "Friends" were stunned.

"Why do you think that women commit crimes but we need woman to find criminals. "

The look on Carter's face was priceless. I never thought it possible but Gretchen was more stunned than usual. She actually said "What?" loudly instead of just sitting there with a plastic smile.

Kilmeade then said "Women don't commit crimes. I just realized that. "

What the hell?!?!? As if the first statement wasn't stupid enough to follow it up with "women don't commit crimes". Tell that to the victims of Karla Holmoka you moronic piece of shit. Where in the hell does FOX get these idiots?

Rainy Season?!?!?

Holy hell it feels like I am in Korea for rainy season. Here I thought I had missed it this year but Nova Scotia is getting hit with record rainfall plus winds. For the last 6 days it has pretty much rained every day, most of the day. It is supposed to continue for another day or two!

There are areas in the province with no electricity. There are places in the province that are closed off due to flooding. There are places that are flooded. A dam in Yarmouth county is threatening to burst. It is looking pretty bad, and hitting other Maritime provinces too. Luckily no one has been killed.

The weather is supposed to change for the better come Thursday. Is it Thursday yet?!?!?!?


A friend sent me a job ad for Iraq. You would work teaching English to the Iraqi security services. It pays about $150,000 US for 1 year. The money is damn inviting ... but Iraq!?!?! I thought seriously about applying for it for a few minutes.

Last night I had a dream. I was teaching English in Iraq to Iraqi soldiers. A bomb blew up my building with me in it. Not a good way to wake up.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Canadian security problems?

I heard a lot of blathering in the news about Canadian security dropping the ball when it came to the Chinese man disguising himself and getting on a flight to Canada.

If you haven't heard, a Chinese man disguised himself as an old white man. He then used fake ID (passport) to get onto a flight to Canada in Hong Kong. Reports first said he only used an Aeroplan card but now they are saying he had fake ID.

Now, he never once went through Canadian security. So how the hell is Canadian security to blame for him getting on the flight. He got through Hong Kong Airport's security. He got through the cursory checks made when a person picks up their ticket or boards the plane. You could make a case for saying Chinese security dropped the ball. Airline security screwed the pooch. But Canadian security? Sod off.

$7.5 Million Dollar Mistake

Scott Gomez can play hockey, his past proves it. But that was the past. Why the hell Montreal acquired him from the New York Rangers is beyond me. The fact the Rangers were willing to get rid of him for so little should have been a warning sign.

Montreal got Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Mike Busto. In exchange they gave up Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonaugh, Pavel Valentenko, and the rights to Doug Janik. None of those four are with the Rangers now.

Christopher Higgins went to the Flames and is now with the Panthers. McDonaugh's rights are still owned by the Rangers. Pavel Valentenko never played with the Rangers. He is playing for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL. Doug Janik never played for the Rangers and is now playing for the Red Wings.

Basically, New York gave Gomez away. They knew he wasn't worth the price and wanted to free up cap space. They traded him for players who never even played for them. You would think the deal would have sent out huge warning signs to Montreal. Unfortunately, it didn't and they made the trade. Glenn Sather must have been surprised to find a rube to take Gomez off of his hands.

Gomez is still playing in Montreal and does produce. But he is NOT worth the $7.5 Million Dollar price tag. So far this season he has been extremely disappointing. The way he is playing he is on his way to a whopping 16 point season. That works out to about $500,000 a point. What a waste.

I thought the trade was a stupid idea when it happened and nothing has happened to change my mind. The Habs would have been better served by not wasting that cap space and using it to keep or pick up other players. Yet another of Gainey's mistakes.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saving Private Ryan

I am watching Saving Private Ryan on the History Channel now. It never fails to make me think of my father, he was a WW 2 veteran.

The scene where Mrs. Ryan is told all of her sons but one died never fails to tear at my heart.

The History Channel is having a week of shows leading up to Remembrance Day.

A South Korean movie called TaeGuki is often referred to as the Korean Saving Private Ryan. I never liked that label. It is TaeGuki. The war was different. The personalities were different. The story was different. It was good on it's own merits and not because it was inspired (was it really?) by saving Private Ryan.

The Book of Negroes

I just finished reading The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. It is about the life of a woman named Aminata Diallo, Meena. From her childhood to slavery and beyond. It is a work of fiction with some basis in reality.

The name of the book comes from the book the British and Americans used to record the names and information on Black Loyalists who left America after the Revolutionary War, The Book of Negroes.

I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. It is well worth picking up.

One of the things it reminded me of is how much of our history gets shunted aside and ignored. We, Canadians, like poking at the Americans about slavery. "Blacks fled to Canada to escape slavery!" we will crow but we tend not to talk or hear about what blacks went through in Canada, then British North America, before and after the British abolished slavery. It wasn't all peaches, cream, and equality for the blacks who came here. That is something we should never forget.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Double Down

Odds are if you have a TV you have seen a commercial for KFC's Double Down sandwich. Sandwich is a misnomer as it has no bread or bun. My interest was piqued by the ads. I wondered how it would taste, but I just couldn't bring myself to try one. A couple of times I almost pulled into KFC for one but then reason won out. It just doesn't look that good.

Now I don't have to try one. Stig decided to have one and he didn't sound impressed. In fact, he pronounced it too salty. Considering Stig uses more salt in cooking than I do, and likes things salted more than I do, for him to say it was too salty would probably equate to me saying it is way too fucking salty.

Desire to try one ... gone.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Loto Winners

Damn. An elderly couple won over $11.25 million in the lottery ... and gave ALL of it away.

They gave it out to family and charities not keeping any for themselves. What a magnanimous gesture. One not a lot of people would do. It warms the heart to see what they did. Especially considering what they have been going through.

Canadian Idiot

Hilarious song and video by Weird Al Yankovic.

While I have swilled beer and am a hockey nut ... I prefer rum. :)

Now if you will excuse me I have to go oot and aboot, eh.

Website Ads

I am SO sick of the fricking ads on websites with sound! Usually they are ads for games or porn sites. It is like commercials on TV the volume level of the ad is HIGH. Too fucking high!

Pirates Bay used to have the same ad for Evony on the top AND bottom of the page. So you had to scroll to the top and shut it off THEN to the bottom or you had twice the crap blasting at you out of synch.

They have found ways to stop pop-up ads. I can't wait for a way to shut these annoying fucking things off. If you know of a way please let me know.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

EA Sports NHL series

God Damn them to hell!!!

I enjoy playing two hockey games on my computer. Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 and the EA Sports NHL series. EHM 2007 was the LAST version put out and a lot of stuff is hardcoded in. In spite of that, fans have kept it going and it is a great, very in-depth, manager game. The EA series allows you to be a player and a GM. It is pretty fun.

May the fleas of a thousand camels nest in their pubic region!!!

They do not make a PC-CD version of the NHL series anymore!!! The bastards!!! If I want to play it, and the latest version sounds damn sweet, I have to get a frickin PS3. I don't want a PS3. But if I want NHL 11 I need one.

I hope I run into a mook or two so I can relieve my frustrations!


Sometimes you will meet a person who, the FIRST time you meet, gives you Too Much Information about their life. I ran into one who gave Too Much Fucking Information!

My Mother volunteers at the local food bank. She makes sure that needy families who couldn't make it to the food bank get groceries too. So, I help her by delivery them. There is one place I won't be going anymore.

It was the first time I had delivered to her apartment. The woman just went on and on about stuff I have no need to know. About her divorce, custody case, sex life. According to her, her husband said he found naked pictures one of their daughters and had them on his computer. So she got one of her sons to steal the computer. Do you think she did something wrong? Evidently the police and the judge do. but she doesn't. (There weren't any pictures.)

Or how her and a daughter wrote a lengthy essay about her father fucking around and what a sleaze and bad father he is. They "accidently" brought the stamped envelope with the essay in to the store where his current girlfriend worked. The other daughter "accidently" gave it to his current girlfriend while she was at work. She went on and on about stuff like this for over 10 minutes. The whole time whining that she is misunderstood and it isn't her fault.

I actually tried to get away after 5 minutes at her door. She followed me outside onto the landing and kept rambling on and on for another 5+ minutes.

I wanted to tell her to fuck off. It was hard but I bided my time and kept my mouth shut. I was representing my mom and the food bank so I couldn't do and say what I wanted.

"Why the fucking hell are you telling me this you stupid bitch?!?!? You just met me!!!! TOO MUCH FUCKING INFORMATION!!!! Yes you were WRONG!!! Don't be surprised when the custody case goes against you. I really couldn't give a good god damn about you or the fucking mess you call your life."

Finally I made it to the safety of my car, which I immediately locked. Just in case. I won't be delivering anything to that apartment again.

Some people really need to see a psychiatrist instead of talking to strangers. You just don't tell shit like that about your life (or someone else's) to complete strangers.

Amazing Race

One of the things I have always found stupid about the Amazing Race is that being first doesn't always give you an advantage on the next leg of the race. Yes, you may start before the others but too often all you do is hurry up and wait for an airplane or some building to open. Instead of being ahead of the pack they are right at your heels.

Monday, November 1, 2010

What the ... unprofessional priest?!?!?

I am not a religious person. While I have my beliefs I don't push them on others. hell, I don't really talk about them.

My mother is very religious. Her and my dad were there from the start of her current church, when they held services in an Elementary school gymnasium while saving money to build a church. She was active in the choir, outreach programs, women's group, presbytry, most committees.

Now she has cut back a lot of what she does and the main reason is the minister. He is a bit of a twat. Ok, I lie, he is a huge twat. Since he took over from the former minister well over half the congregation has left. He isn't that good a minister and certainly doesn't inspire his flock.

To me the robes of the minister are his uniform. Well, from what I have heard, he doesn't usually wear his robes. He often just wears casual clothes.

IF I had been a parishioner what he did this past Sunday, Halloween Day, would have seen me standing up and telling him off before I walked out of the church. His father was a minister as well. He wore his fathers robes for the service and told his congregation, during his sermon, that this was his Halloween costume. Seriously! He wasn't joking

To me he disgraced his uniform and his father by saying that. It is no wonder the the church has lost 3/4 of the congregation if that is what he is like. Hell, things are so bad they may have to change him to a part-time minister because they aren't bringing in enough money to run the church.

On the one hand it reinforces my feelings towards most organized religions. On the other hand, it bothers my mother and for that I would like to go upside his head with a 2X4.

Poppy Volunteers

Remembrance Day is coming up November 11th and I always try to wear a poppy for it. That was harder to do in South Korea of course. Much easier now. Or it should be.

I went out to get some groceries and saw the poppy stand. As I approached it an older couple got there first. The woman who was volunteering at the stand must have known the other women because a gab fest ensued.

I figured the volunteer would say a few words to her friend, deal with me, and then go back to her friend. Boy was I wrong. Five minutes later they are still flapping their gums. The woman's husband looks at me and shrugs his shoulders.

I decide to be patient and wait. Five more minutes pass and they are STILL yapping away. Instead of telling her she is fucking moron, after all she is volunteering for a great cause, I left. They were still yapping 5 minutes later when I left the store.

As I said, the Poppy Fund is a great cause, so I just donated my money and got a poppy elsewhere instead of not giving any money. They would be better off without volunteers like that woman though. If it had been a charity I don't normally support an incident like that would be enough of a reason for me to NEVER support them.

She volunteered her time to help the charity. If she had that much to say to a friend, at elast 15 minutes worth while ignoring people who wanted a poppy, she should pick her fucking phone up on her own time and call them! instead of showing some manners and class she ended up causing a few people, not just me, to NOT donate their money at that time. Some of them may not donate at all now for all I know.

If you honour Remembrance Day and don't have your poppy I encourage you to get one. If you run into a moron like I did just find another kiosk.

Mook of the Week

Actually this should be Mooks of the Week.

My mother and I had to go into Halifax. Actually, the other side of Halifax. On the way back we came upon a garbage truck making pick ups. The street was windy and going down a hill to the Bedford Highway. Visibility wasn't good because of the turns in the street. Add to that the solid line indicating no passing.

Mom decides to wait for the truck to move a bit since she can see cars coming up the hill. This caused the mooks behind us to get pissed off.

This stupid cocksucker actually blasted his horn at us while heading INTO oncoming traffic! Unfortunately I couldn't get liscence plates because of the glare. If we could see the car coming you know the moron in the truck could.

We moved a bit before the truck stopped again. Even being behind the truck we could see more cars coming up the other side.

This idiot actually started passing the cars behind us, he wasn't the one right behind us he was about 3 cars back, while everyone was moving. The garbage truck had just stopped.

Even though they could see the cars coming these assholes decided to tromp on the gas and pass.

The truck on the left actually had to pull to the side and stop because assholes like this mook decided it was their right to pass in the no pass zone while traffic was coming.

It was mooks on parade in Halifax. A parade I wish I had missed. I also wish the glare hadn't been so bad then I would have had some tags to put up too. Morons like that shouldn't be allowed on the road.


What happened to Halloween while I was away in South Korea?!?!?

We had about 13 trick or treaters in 3 hours. That is all! We used to have over 100. One year I stopped counting at 140. Now ... it was boring. Did the dynamic of the neighbourhood change THAT much while I was away?

The weather wasn't great but it wasn't horrible either. The rain stopped mid afternoon. Hell, when I was a kid we didn't let the weather stop us from heading out and getting all the candy we could.

Someone told me that Halloween parties are more popular now. What the ki...errr hell?!?!? If you didn't go trick or treating you didn't celebrate Halloween!

I always liked seeing the different costumes. You always get some great costumes, and sometimes some yummy mommies dressed up as well. Some Halloweens I would get dressed up myself and scare the shit out of some of the trick or treaters.

My first Halloween in a loooooooooooong time and I find that the Hagwon Halloween was more fun last year. Damn!

I hope you had a better Halloween.