Monthly Archives: September, 2007

Today was a thinking day… Help us all.


Grey's Anatomy title

Grey’s Anatomy title (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just left my wife…

… left her watching some stupid Grey’s Anatomy spin-off show called Private Practice about childbirth and all that other stuff.

What I really hate about these types of shows is that I watched about half of it with her and could get addicted to it… Therefore I cannot watch. Must not watch. I need to do school work. Yeah, that’s it… and blog. :)

A new feature on this blog is my restaurant review of a “family friendly” establishment which I critique based on it’s food (my kids don’t eat fries – don’t put them with every meal), access, how friendly the staff is to children, how friendly the facility is to children (like high-chairs, changing table – in the guys bathroom too), and the speed of service and cost.

Good places in Toronto include; Safari on Avenue Road. The bathroom is not convenient but they know how to keep families happy. Staff are super-friendly and food is generally out-of-this-world. Then again, my kids love their curry pasta and chicken-chipotole chowder.

Other good places in TO; Hersheys – have toys for the kids there too, and Hershey is a uber-friendly guy.

Applejacks, the Rainforest Cafe and Mandarin get top marks too.

But tonight we had an experience… Ugh. We went to a place called the China Buffet King in Richmond Hill. Got there just after it opened, so we expected it to be pretty empty, but I was SO disappointed after this meal.

  1. The service SUCKED! Have you ever had to ask a server to clean off your table? I asked for Soya sauce and instead of getting it for me (you know it was me, UM and the 2 kids), the server point in the general vicinity and walked away. I had to ask for napkins, the bill, then had to hunt them down to get it back. Just brutal. We actually left no tip. For what? We did everything?
  2. The food? Below average to average. Huge trays of food with very little on it. Selection… below average too. They try too hard to do a little of everything but do nothing well. 2-3 dim sum items, 3-4 sushi items, a huge dessert section and fresh veggie row that looked good (not for $16.99 each, though) and the rest of the food was lazily prepared. For example, the shrimp, not peeled, the mussels and squid, chewy (overcooked), the chicken with bones in it, breaded shrimp which looked like they were breaded and stuck to a potato wedge. All just weird and gross. I couldn’t find anything to put on my plate.

Urban Daddy’s recommendation on China Buffet King… Stay home and eat kraft dinner… That way if you feel gross after eating it, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

Question:

Is it considered politically incorrect to have a conversation with a colleague while in the bathroom – or more specifically in a stall. I know guys are different than gals since we are only in stalls for one reason, you gals are in there for everything, so when a guy talks to you from inside a stall, it’s generally really weird.

What about if the guy is talking to you and at the same time passing loud gas, grunting and moaning? Creepy? For a guy… YES. Well this happened to me Monday. A very odd colleague walked into the washroom while I was washing my hands, proceeded to get into a stall, make a TON of noises, including grunting and commenting on the noise and the smells, even when I tried to escape and had the door open he still was fighting the fight that people at the elevator (20 feet away and around a corner) were wondering what the hell was going on.

I was left shaken… Probably also because this guy never washes his hands and leaves with newspaper tucked under his arm. UGH.

Is that grounds for dismissal? Good thing I’m not in charge. :)

My boy was at the dentist this evening for a check up. Got to ride the chair, had his teeth counted (he told the hygienist he had 5 teeth, he has 20). He got checked, met the dentist, got the orange toothbrush he wanted, and berry flavoured floss. It was all really cute. When we got home I heard him thank his Mummy for taking him to the dentist… Awwwww.

Tonight I had to run…


… and run I did.

I’ve got a lot on my mind and I’m pretty stressed out so I needed a release. I chose to run. So out I went at 11pm tonight and I ran the farthest I have run since I herniated the disk in my back. It felt good. I’m still stressed, but I feel a little better.

A random sampling of what is on my mind today

  • My last 2 MBA course which I fell a couple weeks behind in, but am trying to get current in
  • Our Nanny’s last day is Friday and we have a new one coming from Hong Kong at 1am Sunday morning – we still need to get the current on packed and out and we are back to square one with the new one… so much to teach. Our current Nanny has been with our family for 2 years and she will be missed. On the other hand, there are some things we did without to please this one that we will not be doing with the new one. Can’t wait.
  • We are having a mini-renovation done in the basement… Always stressful
  • Apparently now is the time to look for schools and camps for next year for the kids… Are you kidding me???
  • My back still gives me a little pain/stress and I need to lose weight and keep an eye on it. But I really need to lose weight. I’ve dropped only a few pounds, but a few inches just from exercise
  • Urban Mummy… enough said
  • Dentist appointments for the family
  • My working future… I’m wasting away at my current employer, they fail to utilize my strengths and one I complete my MBA I’ll have to shut up or move along… still undecided.
  • Some fucking insect that bit me and drew blood in my vegetable garden. I was picking, like 30 tomatoes, and something latched on to my finger until I pryed it off. I now have a slight rash on my wrist. I think it was a spider. Waiting for my super-powers.
  • Why my son cries when I take him to school on Tuesday’s and why he keeps hitting and kicking and making his little brother cry. He knows better, he really does.
  • Office politics. A very good friend of mine at the office once got upset with a few of us because she thought we were not being considerate of her around our group coffee breaks. Fast forward 2 months and this same friend breaks our coffee club and goes whenever she wants with whomever she wants… So why does it bother me??? Can’t decide. Common sense tells me to forget it as being childish and move on, but part of me feels slighted as the organizer of breaks when after, like 2 years, it changes this way… Truth be told, I’m kind of glad it happened this way. The group was getting too big and since a bunch of them started hanging out after work, I’ve really realized that as a Dad, I don’t have that much in common with any of them. I can’t go out drinking after work and staying out until 1am, I don’t have the flexibility to disappear on weekends and as for clubbing, well, I’m not 21 anymore… Been there, done that. So this has allowed me time to realize that I have to worry about me and my family and take care of my courses… My meal ticket. Nuff said.
  • Clothes… I need new clothes… Nice ones. I’m tired of the same crappy clothes. I want to be taken shopping by my wife and have her pick some stylish clothes for me… If I’m going to be worth a million bucks, I need to dress and feel like it.
  • Why it’s midnight and I am no closer to bed than I was at 9pm.

And other stuff that crossed my mind this Tuesday:

  • My youngest son’s passport (expired)
  • Pregnancy photos from the day UM gave birth that we still need to pick and I think about every day!
  • Care and nurturing leave
  • A too good to be true potential career move
  • Where are my recruiters?
  • Taking both cars in for service
  • Phoning our grandparents
  • Returning stuff to Staples
  • Buying a bathing suit for Saturdays first swimming class
  • Fixing the printer I somehow broke without even touching it
  • Washing the dirty windows on the inside of the car
  • Putting air in my bike tires and the strollers
  • Taking pictures of the many stuff we are trying to sell on Craigslist.com
  • Getting my motorcycle license
  • Boating license
  • My work team in which we no longer have a team leader but I somehow have filled in that void in an informal manner… As expected.
  • and so much more

Sigh.

Sports thoughts…


I like that Hornswaggle is Vince McMahon’s son… Makes me laugh.

The Blue Jays are so .500 it makes me sick. .500 winning percentage and 15th place in a 30 team league. Geez. I can hear the chanting now… “We’re average… We’re average”.

Can anyone give me one good reason to vote Liberal??? Didn’t think so. Besides being responsible for Ontario dropping to last in many significant categories, I find it just insane that Dalton McGuintey – Ontario’s premier, keeps advertising how great he is and has to use biased people in these ads, like the current boss at the Daily Bread Food Bank where his leadership colleague worked – Gerard Kennedy – worked. And don’t forget my MPP who Dalton kicked out of cabinet, but still finds no shame in running. Mike Colle, give it up… even if you do win, you’ve embarrassed your constituents… Go away gracefully.

Yom Kippur is coming up and I wish all my Jewish readers an easy fast… May you be enscribed in the book of life! And break fast is at our place! Woo hoo.

Baseball


UrbanDaddy’s baseball 3 stooges for the weekend.

Ramirez, Soriano and Drew…

Who?

Exactly.

Ramirez and Soriano play baseball for the Chicago Cubs and both did something this past weekend that really got my goat. They both hit home runs. Why is that a problem??? It’s not that they hit home runs that bugged it, it’s the way they hit them that has me annoyed. You see, both players, upon hitting the baseball, stood at home plate for a few seconds to watch the ball travel and also made some stupid-ass gesture before tossing their bats aside and trotting around the bases.

Two things come to mind in this instance.

  1. If the ball does not leave the yard, these guys are going to have to run their asses off to get to second base as opposed to those players who run full out right away and could land on third or home
  2. After watching this display I really hate the rule MLB Commissioner Bud Selig put in which penalizes pitchers from throwing at batters, because if I’m the pitcher who just gave up those homers, my next pitch is right in the middle of their backs to let them know that I don’t appreciate they lack of professionalism…

J.D. Drew…

Who? This guys is an ass. All I remember of this clown is that he refused to play for the Philadelphia Phillies – who drafted him – because he was “too good” for that organization. You see J.D. told whomever that would listen that he was going to be the best baseball player ever (snicker, snicker). He said he was going to his .400, and lead the league in hits, runs, home runs, and bullshit.

So here were are, like 10 years later, J.D. is on his 4th team I believe and he is… well… average. But every time I see him, I hope someone will smack some humility into this clown. He probably has his own hall of fame in his basement. Loser.

From wikipedia:

1997: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies
Drew was the second overall pick in the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Drew and his agent Scott Boras elected not to sign with the Phillies, sticking to their guarantee that they would not sign for less than $10 million dollars. The Phillies had no plan to pay an unproven player this amount of money, and despite Boras‘ warnings, drafted Drew nonetheless. Consequently, Drew ended up playing for the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League.

1998-2003: St. Louis Cardinals
After playing for St. Paul in the 1997 season, Drew was selected fifth overall in 1998 by the St. Louis Cardinals. His first at-bat, in the 6th inning, ended in a strikeout, and he finished the night 0-and-2. In Drew’s first appearance at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, he was booed loudly, and even had batteries thrown at him by two fans. Drew struggled to stay healthy, landing on the disabled list every season he played in St. Louis.

2004: Atlanta Braves
Drew was traded to the Atlanta Braves in December 2003, where he had the best season of his career while finally managing to stay healthy.

2005-2006: Los Angeles Dodgers
In December 2004, Drew signed a 5 year, $55 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which included an escape clause after the second year. In 2006, Drew exercised his contract option clause, forgoing $33 million over the next 3 years to become a free agent. The Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti said in a teleconference that he was “surprised how it came down. Everything we had heard, everything that had been written led us to believe the player loved being here.” This was especially a surprise since a few days before, Drew had told an LA Times columnist on how happy he was in LA and that he was looking forward to the upcoming 2007 season.

2007: Boston Red Sox
On January 25, 2007, Drew officially signed a 5-year contract with the Red Sox worth $70 million. Drew’s revised contract has a clause that allows the Red Sox to opt out of Drew’s five year contract after three or four years if Drew has extensive injuries due to a previously existing problem in his right shoulder.
Drew has played poorly so far in his debut season with the Red Sox, experiencing one of his worst career offensive seasons. Through September 9, Drew is batting just .252 with 7 home runs, 96 hits and 49 RBIs, far below his normal production.

Public image:
In his book Three Nights in August, Buzz Bissinger mentions St. Louis manager Tony La Russa’s agony over Drew’s lack of passion. La Russa tells Bissinger that it seems Drew has decided to “settle for 75%” of his talent, in large part because of his enormous contract.

He loves his Daddy…


The baby does… He really does.

Today he blew me a kiss. A few of them actually. First time I have seen him do that. Awwww. What a cutie. He’s 11 months old today. Oy Vay! Brings me back to when he was born and my disc was out and I could barely carry that little heifer. Now, thank goodness, I can carry and toss around that 24 pound frame.

I feel like he has grown up so much in the past week. He does my taxes, makes me coffee in the morning and just finished a case study on the Security Management and Manufacturers Industry. Oops, that was the Happy Boy. The Baby Boy waves, claps on commend, says something that sounds like “bottle” and like “ball”. Blows kisses, shakes his head no, has given the odd kiss here and there, tries to stand on his own and has been heard saying, “no” and “clap”. But what impresses me the most is that after 11 months of being beaten on by his older brother (out of love only folks), he now covers his head, turns away, and lets out a fake scream/cry whenever his brother gets too close. Nice. He’s 11 months and he’s playing us. Love it!

Today, at the park – which I hate going because all I end up doing is pushing the baby on the swing while the Happy Boy plays, otherwise I end up sweeping little pebbles out of the Baby’s mouth and clean has face as he sneaks handfuls of sand inside – I noticed the Baby really wanted to go down in the sand so I knelt beside him ready to prevent a buffet situation and sweep for rocks when I realized he was actually playing in the sand and not eating it. Huh? My baby has grown up. Didn’t eat so much as a grain of sand.

He really is growing up…

Oy.

Planning his 1st birthday… Who to invite? The dilemma of inviting friends for a second child so close in age when the 2nd one really does not have any friends of his own. Sigh. Anyone have any experiences they can pass along.

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