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The Royal Wedding and Funny Hats at my Toronto Office Space

It was not just any Friday morning at my downtown Toronto office space, it was Royal Wedding day. People got to the office early to watch the royal wedding live on TV and over the Internet. Some people took it to a different level by dressing up and wearing funny hats. When I arrived at the Toronto Star Building early this morning, I decided to first go to the cafeteria to see what breakfast special they were offering for the Royal Wedding. I was sadly disappointed that they were not offering bangers and mash until lunch time. I grabbed an English muffin from Tim Horton’s and went up to my office space Toronto for a complimentary coffee. Before leaving the cafeteria, I noticed that there were a group of women watching the Royal Wedding on TV wearing funny hats like so many of the women who...

Quiting Smoking while being Sick, I become the Devil

I am currently fighting a throat and ear infection that has made smoking painful… So I am taking this time to go Cold Turkey and quit smoking. It is not the easiest thing to do, but there is no better time to do it. Going through nicotine withdrawal while sick is a bit harder, yet easier at the same time.  I can take the medications the doctor has given me and spend most of my time sleeping instead of thinking of having a cigarette. The downfall is that I have become a real devil of a person to deal with. I have been fighting this bug for almost a week now, I finally realized how bad it was on Tuesday.  I had a meeting with a major client on Tuesday at my downtown Toronto office space, during the meeting the client pulled out a bottle of hand cleaner to wipe off his pen. I knew then ...

What is an Easter Parade without Darth Vadar and the Easter Bunny

The 44th edition of the Toronto Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade was held yesterday. The parade was full of happy, hoppy people including this year’s parade Grand Marshal, Heather Moyse; who won Canada’s first ever women’s gold medal in bobsled at the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver. The parade also had Miss Canada, Miss Teen Canada and various other beauty pageant winners, including Junior Miss. Some of the featured groups in the parade include the Malvern Marching Band, the Shriners’ Musical Train, the Tian Guo Marching Band of Canada, the York Lions Steel Band, The Toronto Fire Dept Pipes and Drums, a Zamboni from Ted Reeve Community Arena, members of the local roller derby league, four-legged friends and all sorts of clowns and other costumed characters, inclu...

Happy Easter, it looks like Patio Season is in Full Bloom

The good weather is here and people are dressing in more colourful and bright clothing. A walk along Queen’s Quay is just as colourful as walking along Queen Street East. As I walked around Harbourfront at lunch Thursday, I noticed several people not wearing jackets. As I walked, I too felt that I should have left my jacket back at my downtown Toronto office space. Today while most of my friends are enjoying the first day of the long weekend, I was working at the executive suites Toronto where I have my office for rent Toronto. As I looked out the office window of the 18th floor of the Toronto Star building, I noticed that there were a lot of people walking and riding bicycles along the harbour. I convinced myself that taking a thirty  minute break would be ok. Since the cafeteria wa...

Its Been a Real Charlie Sheen Weekend

It began on Friday when I was told about Charlie Sheens tweets, it seems that he was tweeting about walking from his hotel (The Ritz Carlton, Toronto) to his show venue Massey Hall to raise awareness for Bi Polar disorders. I decided to get my camera ready and head down early to get a good spot in front of the hotel. I decided to wear cargo shorts and a bowling shirt inspired by Charlie’s character on “Two and half Men”, but that was my mistake. Charlie did not emerge from the Ritz Carlton hotel until just before 7 PM, almost an hour after his walk was scheduled to begin. When he came out, he surveyed the crowd from under the hotel awning and headed over to a waiting SUV. Instead of getting into the SUV, he got up on the hood of the truck to talk to the crowd. Immediately...

The Charlie Sheen in Toronto Show Has Mixed Reviews

I was not able to get tickets to either of the sold out shows with Charlie Sheen and Russel Peters. I did read some good reviews of Charlie Sheen’s Toronto show and some not so good reviews from the media, but was more interested in the reviews of people who attended. I finally found some reviews from attendees, they too were mixed. Some people wanted to see the show and be there when he bombed, they were mildly disappointed that it did not end in a total fiasco. Other people went to see how Russel Peters could help the show and they were very impressed. Then there were people who went just because it was Charlie Sheen on stage and were waiting for his controversial antics, they were ecstatic when Charlie admitted the first celebrity he “Banged” was his Ferris Bueller’s D...

The Political Games of Elections

On Monday when I left my house to take the bus (yes the bus) to my downtown Toronto office space, my street was full of different coloured election signs.  There were red signs, blue signs and green signs, but funny no orange signs. Then when I went to catch the bus on Tuesday to again go down to my office space Toronto, the only signs I saw were red and there was more of them. When I reached the bus stop, the man behind the red signs was greeting people and handing out his literature. It was only a week ago at a social networking event for the blue signs came under controversy because they kicked out two women who had pictures of them with the man behind the red signs on their Facebook profiles. Then there is a judge who is running with a red sign who seems to keep making controversial co...

What a Week Glad its Monday

I think I may have had one of the worse weeks last week. I never thought I would look forward to a Monday. The week began with dealing with a plumber fixing the heating pipe leak, then waiting for the flooring guy to fix the damaged Parquet flooring who could not seal and finish the floor unless we could be out of the apartment for 36 hours due to the toxic fumes from the sealer. It would be easy for me or my roommate to be out of the house, but there is no where for my roommates cat to go for 36 to 48 hours that would make the apartment safe for the cat. So we have to wait to have the floor finished.  The drywall guy came on Thursday but will not be returning till Tuesday to sand the joints.  This leaves my apartment in chaos until all the work is done and I can put the furniture back in ...

Spring is Trying Very Hard to Get Here

Over the past few weeks we have had some good weather days, only to be followed by days where winter resurfaces. As I was walking from an appointment on Front Street back to my downtown Toronto office space, I noticed the dangerous evidence of fluctuating temperatures on the ceiling of the railway underpass on Yonge Street. With the warming thaw, water seeps through the expansion gaps of the underpass. Then when it gets cold again, the water forms icicles that dangle from the ceiling. People have to quickly walk under them in case one of them breaks off from the underpass ceiling. I am not one to complain about the coming of spring, I embrace it.  Spring is one of my favorite seasons. On warm spring days, I can slip out of my Toronto office space at 1 Yonge Street, and take a walk along th...

The Missing Programmer

As many of my friends and family know, I develop websites and help plan companies online success. Most also know that I do not do all the back end programming myself. My skill set is planning and developing a team the fits each individual project, because different projects require different sets of skills and expertise. This week I met a client about a project that required a programmer that was skilled in Oracle SQL data bases that would be used both online and offline by the clients staff. I had one programmer in mind that I had worked with in the past. I tried to call him on a phone number that I had for him, my call was answered by a voice mail system, as it was after hours. The next day when I tried to call his number again, it was answered by someone with a thick southern accent, th...

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