Thursday, November 24, 2011

Winter Vixen

This is a poem I wrote back in 1999 when I was in high school. I was with Colin at the Tim Hortons in South Porcupine. So much snow around us. It's written on the back of a tray liner cause I didn't have a notebook with me.

I have some old notebooks I could scan but probably won't. One can only take so much teenage rage/pain/horniness.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Matt gets fireworks in the face

I downloaded imovie from the apple app store for $15. It's a pretty simple video editing program and it shouldn't be too hard to figure out. I have been putting videos up on Youtube since 2007. I am lucky enough to be around for some cool stuff, unfortunately I havent always had an hd camera and I'm not happy with the look of all of my content. It's high time I figured how to edit simple video, add some titles and general production quality to my videos. I think I should take a Final Cut course next year.

I'm going to take a lot of amazing video in Japan and I want to be able to to something with it.

This is a video I took of my friends lighting Canada Day fireworks in Christy Pitts. Matt had a close call trying to light one of the pyrotechnics. I added titles, an instant replay,and cut out the borring parts, then added music from Matt's band The Stormalongs.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Out of Ketchup

I woke up early to make breakfast for my brother.  I made bacon, eggs and hashbrown potatoes. We are out of ketchup. We were out last week. Paul knows this. He went to the store to pick up dish soap and ketchup but returned only with two 2 Litre bottles of coke.
"Where's the ketchup?" he asks. I indicate the tiny amount left in the bottle to which he scoffs.
He throws a five dollar bill in front of me and orders some ketchup, like a boss. I don't have a job so I know when I'm being spoken to like an employee. I can't remember the last time I felt so disrespected.

I don't mind paying for things, I paid for the bacon eggs and potatoes. I don't mind going out and getting things, I just don't want to be treated like a servant.

*Edit (Paul apologized and I feel better)

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Jays logo looks great!

The New Blue Jays logo 
The Blue Jays have finally gotten rid of the blue-less black "Jays" uniform and embraced their roots unveiling a sleek new uniform. The new look and logo is a modern retooling of the classic blue bird fans grew up with. This is the point. If you were ten years old in '92 that means you are 29 now and your buying power is enough to move a baseball franchise to drop it's much hated "T" logo. I have to point out that the jerseys are $90 more than what they cost last year (now $219).

The fancy event to announce the new logo was invite only and fans & bloggers were left out, John Lott wrote a good piece at the National Post (Toronto Blue Jays regret leaving fans out of logo unveiling).

At least they did one service to fans. The Blue Jays website announced that Ricky Romero, Adam Lind, Brandon Morrow and J.P. Arencibia would be at Jays Shop at SEARS at Yonge and Dundas from 5-6 signing autographs.

Never one to miss a chance to meet a Blue Jay I rushed over to the Eaton Centre to see the new units up close and get my baseball signed. I have a ball signed by Al Leiter and Rob Butler from when I was a little kid. I always wanted to add to it and have it covered with Blue Jay autographs.

The shop is the same except for the signage and merchandise all feature the new logo.They gave out wristbands at 2pm, I got mine then hurried home to make a sandwich. I got back to the mall at about 4:30 and the Blue Jays promptly showed up at 5.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artie is back, but not on Stern

my tasty homestyle breakfast

Trying to get my shit together. I woke up when my alarm went off. Made a nice hearty breakfast and listened to the Nick and Artie Show. It's a podcast of a sports radio show by two comedians Nick Dipaolo and Artie Lange. Artie was on the Howard Stern Show for years up until his suicide attempt last year. Its great to hear him again, he's so funny. I'm glad he's off the horse.

I've got to head out to meet up with my Granny for some dinner and conversation. She takes an art class at OCAD weekly and I try and meet up with her beforehand.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stormalongs Occupy Jamspace

I haven't been to a stormalongs jam session in months, but I find myself at one now. I missed watching the boys rock out.

A joke is made about drummer Nick never having learned how to count bars. One should never jest about such a great drummer.
Right now they are going through "waiting for the d train"(Plastic Ono Band) for a third time. Matt has vocal duties, a welcome trend for tracks that require more of a strange sound. Matt is working hard to develop his long neglected rock pipes.

They close out the jam with Iron Trees (check it out in itunes).

Great to be back in the dank rock sweat dungeon.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

double cheese deluxy excited

Please Click Here to check out my Movember page! I'm growing hair on my upper lip to raise funds and awareness of prostate cancer.

Denison Ave, My old street
Yesterday I was productive and set up some postcard blog posts. They will go up every morning for the next week. I really like this Street Cents postcard I got way back in 1994. It felt good to have some posts up. I have to stick with it, I have been getting more and more hits on the postcard blog. It's important to post regularly, and I've been terrible at that.

I should mention I'm going to Japan next month. My good friend Koji is getting married! If you haven't met Koji then your life is missing a small chunk. We met while working for the Evil Hollister Corporation. Koji was in Canada on a working holiday, and while here we became good buddies. He came to visit my hometown of Timmins Ontario with me, a memorable road trip. He said he would like to show me his hometown one day, which just happens to be Tokyo.
I went ahead and booked my flight last night. I figure it's not getting any cheaper the closer we get to Christmas. I got a good deal on Air Canada. I will be there for Christmas and New Years.

I told Koji that I had booked the flight, to which he replied: "I'm double cheese deluxy excited!!!!!!!"

I need to go to the gym tomorrow, no excuses. I'm not fat but I'm getting a little belly.

I also have to learn some more Japanese. I took an introductory course a few years ago but I'm rusty. I don't want to look like a tool. I remember how to say "No I am NOT an American, I am a Canadian" but beyond that I'm going to have to study up.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Movember Returns

I've set up my Movember fundraising page. That's right, once again I'm growing a mustache for mens health (prostate cancer). It's only the third day and I already have a 'stache that would make a tenth-grader jealous.


Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Woke up in Moms basement. I usually find myself waking up here on the holdays, the lack of a Christmas tree tells me that is not the case. I'm just here to hang out.

Mom made me some scrambled eggs and an english muffin. My eggs never taste this good.

Watching Judge shows on TV together, we pass out own judgments.

We crack cases on police procedural dramas.