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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Things We Should Not Lose Sight Of


I have a lot of stuff running through my mind and when I go to write them down so I do not forget, I forget them.  So I’m going to try to empty those items in a Thursday 13 post, whereby I list 13 items on a topic, and the topic this week is 13 Things Happening Around Us We Cannot Lose Sight Of.

13.  Uruguay has a player named Luis Suarez who is a pretty damn incredible soccer player.  He beat England pretty much by himself which must have sucked since he plays in the English Premier League.  Suarez, however, likes to bite his opponents.  He has done this a couple of times before and was most recently suspended 10 games for it.  He clearly has not learned, however, as he bit a player in Uruguay’s FIFA World Cup game.

Now what are they going to do with him?

Should he not have learned by now?

If FIFA were his parents, would biting him back be justified to teach him a lesson?  How about making him write an apology, or punishing him for the lie he told when he denied that it happened.

12.  Russia appears to be trying to re-assemble the USSR which is disturbing, but even more upsetting is the amount of anti-Semitism and gay-bashing going around.  This country clearly wants to remain a super-power by controlling its citizens, however the trampling of basic human rights places them back in the 1960’s and that much be stopped.  Shooting down planes is also not cool at all.

11.  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford return to work on June 30th after 2 months in rehab.  He immediately jumps to the top of the polls for re-election and I don’t know why.  Granted, John Tory has 61% of the popular support, but it appears that Torontonians are poised to make another huge mistake.

10.  In my day job, as a tax collections consultant, I have found the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is taking forever to process simple requests and have been quick to assess but slow to follow-up.  Where is the accountability? #inTAXicating

9.   Miami Heat star LeBron James has opted out of his contract either to become a free agent and join another team, or because he realized he cannot do everything and that Chris Bosh is pretty fragile and useless, like he was in Toronto.  So with a new contract at a cheaper price, the Heat can buy more / better players.  But with LBJ on his way back to Cleveland, and talks of Bosh wanting to go to front-runner and defending champion Houston Rockets, does it make the Bosh-o-saur seem like less of a player, who wants to go where he can get a free ride, not bang in the paint and play safely?

8.   Toronto sports teams suck, and sports fans here are perplexed.  The Raptors and Blue Jays were supposed to suck and be last place in their respective divisions this season, but the Raptors won their division and the Jays are just out of first place in the AL East with pretty terrible starting pitching.  The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, and the Toronto FC, made changes and were expected to at the very least, make the playoffs but both bombed.

7.   Starbucks Brezza coffee is fantastic!

6.   I feel bad for business owners who do not do their homework… In my neighbourhood, for example, a new restaurant just opened selling food which I’m pretty sure no one will eat.  Worse, it opened across from a religious centre where very few would have / have ever tried that food.  (Shaking Head)

5.   Did they find that missing plane yet?  Sad.

4.   5-years yesterday since Michael Jackson died.  I seem to hear more and more of him on the radio each and every day.

3.   Girls and Woman in countries all over the world are being kidnapped and tortured for no reason whatsoever.  This needs to be stopped, like yesterday.  Until each and every person in the world, man, woman and trans-gendered are allowed to live free and safe from persecution, we have a long way to go.

2.   Hate is taught.  For a child to grow up in a free and democratic country and think it is okay to vandalize something with hate messages which probably would have gotten him jailed, tortured or killed in his country, means his parents and community are breeding hate and that cannot and should not ever be tolerated.  Shame.

1.   Education is the key, my friends, to pretty much everything.  Education, exercise, never trying drugs, and using common sense will lead to a better human race and should be the corner-stone for a new way to bring up our children and judge others.

 

#DontBeALemon

#BeARoseBud

 

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Thursday Thirteen: Short and Sweet. 13 Cool Songs about Woman.


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Not feeling very original today, lol, when I found this post sitting in my draft folder from April.  It was mostly complete, only missing the last three songs, which at that time seemed impossible… That was until SongPop came along. 

I love SongPop.

Too much.  I’m good at it.  REALLY good at it.  Every, every genre, I can hold my own and some I kick ass in and some make me laugh but I feel bad for new challengers because with the tournament format of this game I’ve only been owned by 2 or 3 people.  And by owner I mean losing all 10-15 games we play.  In most cases, it’s me winning all the games, and certainly winning the tournaments. 

Not that I’m keeping count, but in the 200 tournaments I have played, I would suspect that I have lost maybe 20 of them. 

But let’s move past SongPop (challenge me if you would like to lose) and onto the this week’s Thursday Thirteen.  So sit back, grab a box of kleenex, turn on iTunes and get ready to find your inner female.

Here are 13 cool songs about women.

13. “Beth” -Kiss. This 1976 tearjerker was a big hit for the rock group Kiss and although the name “Beth” was fictional, the song –  about band members missing their ladies while they were out on tour – was all true.

12. “Rosanna” – Toto – The song was written by David Paich, who has said that the song is about several girls he had known.  As a joke, the band members initially played along with the common assumption that the song was about Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time and coincidentally had the same name.  Hmmmm.  Had me fooled too.

11. “Sweet Caroline”- Neil Diamond. Although the identity of the “Caroline” in this 1969 song wasn’t discovered until 2007- when Neil Diamond revealed that the song was about Caroline Kennedy, who was 11-years-old at the time the song was recorded.  

10. “Angie” – The Rolling Stones. The “Angie” in this 1973 Rolling Stones hit song has always been speculated upon, with the most common story being that it’s about Mick Jagger’s rumored affair with David Bowie’s ex-wife, Angela.  Jagger never gave the story any credibility, though.  And since Stones guitarist Keith Richards had a daughter named Angela born in 1972 (she was also immortalized in the song “Dandilion”) it’s possible they just used the name “Angie” because they liked it.

9. “Diana” – Bryan Adams – The song, written in March 1984, was intended as a light, comedic song about the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.  The song was not included on Adams’ Reckless album because Adams was worried about offending the royal couple so it was later released as a b-side on the single, “Heaven” which happens to be our wedding song.  Though the song is assumed to be about Diana and Prince Charles, the song never explicitly identifies the characters as such. Furthermore, is it never mentioned what Diana does (other than being a well-known celebrity), nor is Charles mentioned by name or title.  A royal connection is made, though, in that Diana is identified by the narrator as “the queen of all my dreams”.  Adams often performed the song during his live concerts up until the day of Diana’s death after which he retired the song permanently.

8. “Amanda” – Boston – This was the first single Boston released after a 7-year layoff and was their first and only #1 hit.  The song is actually very romantic, with Brad Delp singing about telling his girl “I Love You” for the first time.  “Amanda” was most likely chosen as a name because it scans so well, the perfect word to follow lines like “I’m gonna tell you right away, I can’t wait another day…”

7. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson – There are contradictory claims to what the song’s lyrics refer to. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that MJ had fathered one of her twins.  Jackson himself, however, stated that “Billie Jean” was based on groupies he had encountered.

6. “Cecilia” – Simon and Garfunkel – Paul Simon who this song and suggested that it’s about St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music in the Catholic tradition, and thus the song might refer to the frustration of fleeting inspiration in songwriting, the vagaries of musical fame or in a wider sense the absurdity of pop culture.  The song is generally interpreted as a lament over a capricious lover who causes both anguish and jubilation to the singer.

5. “Nikita” – Elton John.  This song was about the Cold War from John’s 1985 album.

4. “Oh Sherrie” – Steve Perry.  The song was Perry’s biggest hit as a solo artist and written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the music video.

3. “Dirty Diana”- Michael Jackson. This song is quite different from most of MJ’s other songs as it’s darker and more seductive.  This song is about a groupie.

2. “Jenny/ 867-5309”- Tommy Tutone.  Snopes confirmed that the phone number mentioned in the song- 867-5309- has been a thorn in the phone company’s side for years.  But it has made for a very memorable song. For a good time, call.

1. “Venus” – Shocking Blue. A song about Venus which became the most popular when covered by Bananarama, however in their version they sing, “Venus was his name”.  Silly Bananarama…

Honourable Mentions:

“Maria” – Rage Against the Machine

“Judith” – A Perfect Circle

“Pamela” – Toto

“My Michelle” – Guns “n” Roses 

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Thursday Thirteen


This week’s Thursday Thirteen will be about 13 really dumb things I did before I reached my Bar Mitzvah (13 years old).

13. Used to actually run away from the girls while playing kissing tag in public school

12. Fell over the handlebars of a friend’s 10-speed bike – landing on my head in the middle of an intersection – knocking myself out in the process.

11. Held my fist beside the face of one of the toughest kids in middle school, then called his name. He turned quickly, his face hit my fist – more specifically his braces chewed apart his lip – and boy was he unhappy… My classmates were surprised that I survived… It was that moment that when I realized that I possessed a high pain threshold.

10. Let a relative stranger pick my first girlfriend at school. We went “around” on and off for a while instead of actually hanging out. Granted he asked me who I “liked” but the whole process was… odd.

9. I found some “adult” magazines in the basement of our house and thought the best thing to do would be to take them to school and sell them. I made a lot of money… Until my friend’s mother became suspicious as to why a 12-year-old carried hundreds of dollars in twenty’s in his wallet.

8. Mullet… Nuff said

7. In Hebrew school, I once filled the teacher’s desk drawer full of whipped cream from the spray can. Why? I had never used a can and wanted to see how much was in it. Problem is… I have a conscience and to this day I imagine the kids coming back from recess and seeing their treat gone. The guilt eats me up inside. If I was faced with the same scenario 100 times over again, I would walk away.

6. I’m not sure how to explain this one – it’s kind of personal – but let me say that it is never a good idea to jump on someone’s back when you are a 250 pound kid for fear that you may slide down their back and pierce a certain low-hanging body part with a thick wood pencil. The tip of the pencil snapped off and later that week I pulled it out… UGH.

5. Piggy-backing on the previous one (pun intended), can you say size 52 tall jacket and size 48 pant…

4. I was a pleaser – that on its own is a dumb thing – but I remember my Dad was in Milwaukee on business and brought back for my sister and I a note pad with Michael Jackson on the front. I was young, he was getting a ton of airplay for Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller. So I brought it into school and showed it to a cool girl who I liked. She said she REALLY liked it so I gave it to her thinking she would appreciate it and talk to me. She didn’t. I would spend the rest of the school year seeing her use it, wondering why I gave it to her.

3. As a sufferer of migraines right up until I was 18 years old and had my wisdom teeth out, I spent 4 straight hours outside cutting the grass and digging a vegetable garden then for some stupid reason decided I needed to then ride to the convenience store and but a “Twist Shandy” with 0.5% alcohol to refresh myself.
Being thirsty and nearly exhausted I downed this drink and within one hour had the worst migraine ever which saw me incapacitated for the rest of the weekend in severe pain.

2. In grade 4 I was booted out of French class for not being able to identify a picture my teacher was showing me. I really had no idea and she was so irate that she berated me in front of the class for being juvenile (yeah, and?) and for being a clown. She sent me to the principal’s office and asked him to remove me from the class as she was fed up with my lack of seriousness.
Before the principal called my parents he walked me back to the classroom and asked to see the picture.
The picture contained a church, the moon, a clock that read midnight and snow.
He asked me what I told the teacher it was.
I replied that I thought it was a “rumble” as I did not know what it was.
“You seriously don’t know what this is?” He asked me in an angry tone.
“I have no idea”, I replied, now very close to tears.
“It’s a midnight mass”, he blurted out.
“What?” I said.
“Midnight mass!” he said. “You know, where people go to church…”
“Oh, I cut him off… I’m Jewish”.

Silence…

The teacher and the principal left the room.
When they returned, they apologized to me and explained the picture.
I got a great mark in the class and if I recall, did very little work the rest of the year…

1. I know everyone does this, but it’s still really dumb.
I came home from school one cold winter day and decided to stick my whole tongue, not just the tip, to our front metal screen door.
Then I panicked and ripped it off, sans a lot of skin…

If you could see me, I’m shaking my head right now at this list… What a dumb dumb.

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It’s not rocket science


It’s really not rocket science. It’s common sense. I feel like changing the name of my blog from urbandaddy to common sense.

I heard three stories today which made me smack my head and wonder if common sense is a gift or if some people had theirs burned away from too much drugs or too many shots to the heads.

Case in point…

There was a report today that accidents increase 17% on the Monday following daylight savings time. Why? Because people lose an hour of sleep and are more likely to fall asleep in their cars or not be awake enough to drive responsibly.

Really?

If people cannot function with an hour less sleep they must not have ever had / or have children.

But really, so if that is the problem then maybe day light savings should be 15 minutes every week for a month, or split it into two time shifts, or… move it to Friday night / Saturday morning so people have that extra day to get used to the time shift. Or… This one is tricky… Change your clocks ahead (for Spring) the day before and use that day to adjust to the time change.

Whew.

Too many options…

The next story surrounds studies into heart attacks and states quite frankly that downturns in the market have been shown to have caused heart attacks…

Really?

So maybe a solution is for those who have heart problems should not be allowed to play the market… Or if they choose to play it and have a heart attack, they knew the chances.

Or…

We call it natural selection.

The third story surrounds Corey Haim. His funeral is in Toronto tomorrow and the rumour is that the City is paying for some of it because there were no funds in his estate left to pay for anything, let alone a funeral. I mean what 38 year old puts aside money for their death when their advisors don’t make them, and they are so drugged up that they feel invincible.

If Corey had good handlers or role models around him he would be alive, and struggling with addiction instead of dead and broke.

I’m sure when he grew up he wanted to make it in showbiz and be somebody. He had his 15 minutes of fame and addiction took it from him way too soon.

The glaring message here folks… As clear as common sense… Don’t do drugs. Any drugs… As you never know how addictive a personality you have and you may get hooked. It happens to the best of us. The worst of us go on crime sprees to feed their habit and cause pain for others in the process.

In the end, drugs – when abused – cause heartbreak, sadness and death.

We don’t know how our bodies are going to react to these drugs so the best way to live a vibrant, happy life is to say no.

I know this sounds cold, but with every “celebrity” that dies from an OD way back to Kurt Cobain (where drugs messed him up and he shot himself) to Chris Benoit (who abused steroids) to Michael Jackson and his prescribed painkillers (thanks Sarah) to that DJ who survived a plane crash with Travis Barker only to OD, or Corey Haim… You are messages to the youth of today to stay away from drugs…

That is, if they have the common sense to see that.