Welcome to my 775th post. If you’re a blogger you will know this is a lot of writing, covering 8 long years. If you are not a blogger, trust me, it’s a lot of writing.
The thing is, I’ve been getting a lot of traffic in the last couple years, and some very kind accolades here and there, but both of them are from all over the place, as are most of my posts.
So for my 775th post, I want to make sure I cover off as many visitors as possible by touching on some of my most popular topics;
If you’ve come to read about politics, I can confirm that those on the left in (downtown) Toronto are still way off base in thinking that this financial crisis was ”created” by Mayor Ford so that he could solve it to look good. False. Look at Greece. Run by socialists and on the verge of bankruptcy. Look at the TTC. In effort to cut costs, the Mayor and the TTC chair Karen Stintz cut some routes and there was backlash, so the public spoke that we needed those routes and a $0.10 fare increase was added instead and the public… Back in an uproar. You cannot have it both way, folks. I’d love to help the poor, keep all social programs, have amazing snow removal, etc., but someone has to pay for this and I can tell you I’m already taxed up to the top of my head. If you think you’re not paying enough taxes, then you can pay more and help those in need. I’m maxed out, thank you. If I don’t have enough disposable income, then I cannot afford to go out, buy things, eat out, and help re-distribute my income to those in need. It’s the way the world works… Get over it.
If you’re here to read about coffee, then let me tell you about this great coffee I tried recently at a place called Neighbours. It came highly recommended from one of my awesome readers and I was really surprised how nice it was. Not too bold, not too weak, and the cool thing about the location I went to was that they have flavoured coffee mate and that removed the need to have flavoured coffee. I didn’t put any in for my first cup and I probably won’t for my next one, but it was very nice!
If you’re here to read about parenting, then you’ll be pleased to know that I am the “Daddy 101″ blogger for Pink and Blue Baby.com. Cool, eh? I find this site really useful, and I have a ton of great stories and baby / toddler / kid tips from almost 7 years of being a daddy and 3 beautiful children. For example, just Wednesday was my son (Linus’) 7th birthday party and we had a Lego party. It was great. The Lego ninja had the kids sitting in 4 teams of 4 and they raced to build a Lego tower, then the built a Lego candy house. The hour flew by. After the hour the kids ate Lego candy blocks (thank you Bulk Barn) and Lego cupcakes that I made and my wife decorated so beautifully. Pizza, grapes, whole wheat pretzels and air popped popcorn round it all out. It was totally worth it.
For 5-year-old Stewie, we had The Magic and Comedy of IncrediBrent, Toronto’s birthday musician and Brent was amazing. The kids loved him, the parents loved him and he interacted with the kids so well. He was a pleasure to deal with and have in our home and I would totally have him back for any future kids parties. His web-site is www.incredibrent.com.
For Berry’s 2nd birthday party – you saw the Hello Kitty cupcakes in a previous post – we had Applefun Puppetry, www.applefun.ca, and Mike was also spectacular. He had all the 2-year-old’s participating and his show was so clever and funny that he had me in stitches. I’ve seen him a couple of times before but that did not stop me from being completely engaged. Worth the price of admission.
If you’re here to hear my views about food then I can recommend Java Joe’s for catering because they have added some new sandwiches and they are killer. Spicy chicken and their steak and hot peppers goes great with their chicken Parmigiano and eggplant Parmigiano. The coffee is great – some organic too – and they have these wickedly heavy brownies and skor brownies. Find the location at Leslie and West Beaver Creek, call and speak to Randy. Tell him the Urban Daddy sent you. He’ll like that!
So I’m not sure what else to cover at this point in time, except to say thank you to all of you who take the time to comment and who tell me you’ve been following along with my posts at home. It means a lot to mean and it always makes me wonder what’s so interesting that keeps people coming back. But I like to tell stories, I’m proud of my family, and I like to write, so there. I’m going to do it if 200 people come to read or 20 million (LOL).
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year to all of you from all of us!
Warren aka the urban daddy.