Hey, it’s WTF Friday!


It’s finally Friday!  Yay.  A long week which saw me pick up a nasty bug from either one of my kids or from a client then a 4:15am bedtime followed by a 2:30am bedtime the following night.  I was, of course, in the kitchen by 6:45am both mornings – as always if I’m not running (or I’d be up at 5:30am) to get the kids breakfasts and lunches ready.

I feel like today my brain turned back on, and I had a little jump back in my step (and was keeping all my food down!)

But enough about me…

It’s WTF Friday!  That means I get to talk to about shit on my mind in this NSFW post, like;

1) If NASA can put a fucking camera on a comet, and the damn thing Tweets, why do I spend so much time and get so frustrated having to unwind my headset each and every time I try to use it!  Maybe Apple should task NASA with finding a solution.

2) Is it considered “getting help” if I take the advice of the fortune in a fortune cookie?  I want to write those!  It would be fun.  Instead of cryptic texts with random “lucky” numbers, mine would be encouraging, positive and shaming at the same time.

“If you clean your room you might get screen time.”

“Your parents really do know what’s best for you.”

“Stop annoying your brother / sister.  One day they’ll be bigger than you and kick your ass.”

“If you see brown on the floor.  Pick it up, but smell it first.  That chocolate chip might be poo.”

3) Anyone else notice that the idiot drivers who are regularly driving 20km/h under the speed limit never stop at stop signs.  Why break only one traffic violation when you can break them all.

4) Is it too much to expect the elected officials in this city to turn on their brains – think outside the box and see that the city needs more dedicated left-turn and right-turn / bus lanes.  So when a new development wants to build 10 stories on a corner and the official plan allows for 6 stories instead of giving in the planners need to start conceding height but making the developer cut back the size of the property to allow for the road to be made wider, and then they get to go higher.  City wins, developer wins, residents win.

5) Speaking of developments… Anyone here in Toronto try driving on Eglinton Avenue anywhere where the LRT / subway is being “constructed”?  If so, I feel bad for you.  It’s been an absolute nightmare getting out to Eglinton near Allen Road because the exits to Eglinton are blocked / closed / one way, and with all the cars getting off of Eglinton and using the side streets, it makes for an interesting 5 or 6 more years.  GAG.

6) Did I mention that my coffee maker died?  The lights were on but nobody was home.  Turns out the heating fuse burned out.  Not bad after 10-years and for $19.99 from Canadian Tire.  But this crushed me!  I really wanted a Keurig or a Tassimo but I promised my wife I would win one, or be given one because she knows that the second I get one it’ll be all coffee, all the time!  In the interim, I’ve been using my French press and borrowed one from my sister.

7)  The day after my coffee maker died, my all-in-one desktop computer started smoking and died.  I’ve been a little gun-shy since.

So there is my bitching for the end of a Friday.

Toronto Blue Jays Ship Anthony Gose To The Detroit Tigers For Their No.1 Prospect


Just heard that the Toronto Blue Jays have traded speedy defensive centre-fielder Anthony Gose to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for the Tigers top ranked second base prospect, Devon Travis.

Travis, 23-years-old, spent last season in double-A ball with the Erie Seawolves where he hit .298 with 20 doubles, seven triples, 10 home runs and 52 RBI.  He also swiped 16 bases.

Travis was selected by Detroit in the 13th round of the 2012 first year player draft. In his three minor league seasons, he has a career average of .323 with 92 extra base hits in 257 games with 139 RBI, 41 stolen bases and an OPS of .876.

Gose, for those of you familiar with the Jays, has been up and down between the Jays and the triple A squad in Buffalo.  At just 24-years-old, Gose has established himself as an excellent defensive centre fielder, with a ton of speed, however unable to hit MLB pitching, with a .226 battering average, a .311 on-base percentage and only appearing in 94 games with the Blue Jays last season.

Pretty sure Travis is in line to be the every day 2B and the moving of Gose frees up CF for Pillar and eventually Dalton Pompey.

Random Children Car Conversations: “That Really Sucks, Eh?”


Driving in the car with children, as you all well know, can be either a pleasure or a pain depending on a number of factors usually beyond our control as parents.  In fact, children even have the ability to be educational or hilarious in the car, if they want, but being disruptive and difficult is usually the easiest.

Every now and then they say something funny, brilliant or even hilarious, which must be shared with the world…

A couple of weeks ago, while driving in the car with the children, our 9-year-old son, Linus began a rather short discussion with my wife which showed us that he is finally understanding the meaning of life and that – as we’ve been saying all along – life ain’t fair.

pumpkin stairs
Not related to the post, but rather the weather! Our steps last fall.

I had to share it!

Linus: “Mummy, you know when you find that perfect spot in bed that is so comfortable and warm and then, of course, you have to get up to pee and when you come back to bed, you cannot find that spot again?”

Mummy: “Yes”
Linus: “That sucks, eh?”

Flattery Will Get You Everywhere


It’s Sunday morning and I have 2 of my 3 kids at home.  My middle child was taken to the SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park for an hour of jumping and bouncing excitement, and since he’s the one who plays school with our youngest, it means I have to find a way to convince my 9-year-old to do his homework and my 4-year-old to let him do his homework.

After some “discussions” or really “negotiations” my 9-year-old has finished his math homework for Spirit of Math and my 4-year-old has gone from playing with her toys, to sitting on me, to practicing piano and now to wandering the house looking lost.

At one point she sat beside me while I was typing and she was staring at the side of my head.

“Hi, what can I do for you?” I asked.

“You’re so Cool!” she replied.  “You’re so cool, I can’t stop staring at you!”.

With that I have taken her to the basement to free her toys from the fort under the stairs, and set her off to set up her own area where she can play and have fun by herself while her brother and I dig into his social studies homework.

Anyone remember the dog from the TV show Frasier?

Five ways Ghomeshi reveals rape culture


The Urban Daddy:

Very good post! It’s amazing the number of people who believed Jian’s PR written press release without giving a moment’s thought that there might actually have been a victim or multiple victims.

Looking back know, as more women come forward it prompts me, and many others to think that he thought he could get in front of this… again, because of his celebrity / notoriety.

This post is worth clicking through to read!

Originally posted on cultivating alternatives:

- by Nick Montgomery

There is a frenzy of activity to find “the facts” about Jian Ghomeshi, the allegations against him, and the women who have shared their experiences. Thousands of fans have flocked to defend Ghomeshi and deride his accusers as vindictive slanderers.

Others have expressed their moral outrage that Ghomeshi could be such a monster.  Others have called for us to wait until there are “more facts.”  These are consistent patterns that arise when discussing rape, sexual assault, and gendered violence. They are some of the jianghomeshipatterns of rape culture.

As Jane Kirby explains, rape culture is “anything that normalizes unwanted, nonconsensual sex. In other words, rape culture is anything that makes rape seem like it is not really rape.” It gets disseminated through jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words, and imagery, that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal that people think…

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