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Just What are Dunny’s and why are they popular

This past week I was asked to buy a Dunny as a gift for someone assisting me in a photo shoot. I had no idea what a Dunny was and had to look it up on google. I found out that a Dunny is a kind of vinyl designer toy created by Paul Budnitz and Tristan Eaton, and produced by Kidrobot toys. The toy is based on a rabbit like figure with distinctive tubular ears. The origin of the name Dunny came from a combination of street slang and one of the early “Devil Bunny” prototypes. They come in three sizes – 3″, 8″ and 20″. They are more for collectors than kids. The toy has three points of articulation; a 360 degree rotational head and two arms. Dunny sometimes comes with accessories that fit inside the sockets of the hand, such as an ice-cream cone or laser gun...

Another Parking Ticket, I should not have to fight

It is often said that the parking enforcement officers are like vultures. Some would even say they are worse than the highway tow trucks who monitor police radios so they can charge hundreds of dollars for a tow that should cost $60. Tonight, I got a parking ticket that I should not have to pay, it is also one that I should not even have to waste my time fighting. I parked my car at 6:10 and got a ticket from the machine with a time stamp of 6:11. The sign said no parking 4 to 6 pm, since it was past 6 pm, I could buy a ticket and park. I went to the store I had been trying to find and bought 2 Dunny’s (trendy hard to find figurines that I will talk about in a later blog). I returned to my car and found a $40 parking ticket for parking during restricted times (meaning 4 to 6), the ti...

Saturday October 16th is the best day to buy a new bicycle.

Saturday October 16th is the best day to buy a new bicycle. Why? because it is the date of the  Bicycle Fall Blowout Sale. Retailers slash their prices for an end of the season sale. Last year a friend of mine bought a $2000 bicycle for $700. There were families there buying $500 bikes for under $100. There were plenty of parts and accessories available at below wholesale price. If you are a bicycle rider or enthusiast, this is the place to be this Saturday. Oh and get there early. The show opens at 10 am, but some folks line up as early as 8:30 am to be at the front of the line. Direct Energy Centre East Annex, Hall F, Door 33 North entrance next to new Ricoh Coliseum (New Hockey Arena) Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada Admission: $5.00

National Boss Day – what if you are self employed

I read that today is National Boss Day. It is a good idea to have a boss appreciation day, but what if you are self employed? Do you pat yourself on the back? Some will say that your clients are the boss, but in their case every day is client appreciation day. Every day entrepreneurs work for their clients and give them all they can. When I look around my office space Toronto, I see two main types of people. Those who are entrepreneurs and those who are operating a branch office for a foreign based company. For the most part, most of these people are their own bosses.  Yes, even the people who work or represent foreign companies are essentially their own boss.  They are accountable to the head office, but they run the Toronto branch office like it is their own. Examples of client appreciat...

Finding lost friends

Long before there was the internet, some of us used snail mail to keep in touch. When I was younger, I met a girl named Judy Price at the Canadian National Exhibition.  Judy was from Syracuse, New York, we kept in touch by writing letters and the occasional phone call. In 1986 (or was it 1985), Judy went to Union College in Schenectady, New York. We still kept writing and had a great pen pall love affair. Then shortly after or in her last year of college, her parents moved to California. It was about this time that I lost contact with Judy. As the years progressed, I was curious about the woman that Judy had become. Now in the google era, I have tried to find her, but without any luck. I have tried to google her and tried to find her on facebook, but no luck. I have even tried to find her ...

Happy Thanksgiving You have to love the leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian blog readers. To my American readers, I will hopefully be celebrating your Thanksgiving along 7th Avenue in New York City. This year I have a lot to be thankful for. I met a very special young lady who is everything to me. She is someone I see spending many more Thanksgivings with. This year I went to her parents house for Thanksgiving and was even sent home with not one, but two containers of leftovers. I am thankful for my health. This year I lost a number of pounds and have been able to keep them off. As a result of the weight loss, I have been able to keep my blood sugar levels pretty even. I just wished it would do something to help me grow my hair. Well, we can’t have everything, so I will just have to keep it looking even up there by shaving it ...

Why all the buzz about some Facebook Event

For the past few hours I have been noticing Google and Twitter trends and the one that seems to be picking up a lot of steam is #Facebook Event.  I have no clue what this is, but it sounds like something big is about to happen with Facebook.  I guess I will just have to tune in and find out. I am happy that the Internet speed at my Toronto office space is fast. UPDATE What a bust of a news conference, it was just a whole bunch of buzz so Facebook could announce some new features. The problem was that with so many people logged into the live event, the video and audio was choppy and at time not understandable.All in all, the two announcements were nothing earth shattering in the world of social networking. Although, I can see it being useful for sharing social interests with my business acq...

Everyone has cheated at some time, what is wrong with it?

I was thinking about this tonight about secret things people do that people do not need to know about. I knew I wanted something quick and easy, but was not sure what I wanted. We have all done it at some point or another and no one ever found out about it, unless we told them. Whether it is using canned tomatoes in a stew, buying store made salads, or using jarred tomato sauce as a base and adding other ingredients to claim as your own. Yes I am talking those little cooking cheats that your guests will never know you did. What did you think I was talking about? Tonight I made myself a Philly cheese stake on a flatbread using deli roast beef slightly warmed in a frying pan. I added some leftover sautéed onions and grated some cheddar and havarti (you can buy those pre shredded to as a nice...

Nuit Blanche-An All Night Art Exposition

Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art. This year will be the fifth year or Nuit Blanche and it keeps getting bigger with over 130 installations. Nuit Blanche was originally conceived in Paris, France. The name is translated universally as  ‘Sleepless Night’. The idea was to bring contemporary art to the masses in public spaces. Last night I went to Nuit Blanche pre-party for a Nuit Blanche installation that is not on the official guide. It was held at a friends photo studio with over 60 people in attendance. With that many people, many chose to hang out in the large common area of the studio complex. The common area of the studio complex has couches and chairs, but also a great view as the big garage door was open. A part of th...

Who will be the next mayor of Toronto?

I wanted to talk about the Toronto Mayoral race and the fact that Sarah Thomson had her office in my other Toronto office space on Church Street. I had not seen any signs to show where her headquarters was until this past Tuesday. This was the day that she decided to drop out of the race and give her support to George Smitherman. I arrived at the office Tuesday morning and saw many news trucks parked outside. In the lobby there was a sign stating her campaign office was on the third floor. This was the first time I saw this sign. A few hours later I learned that she was holding a press conference to anounce she was dropping out of the race for mayor and was giving her support to George. In a nicely orchestrated move she was going to meet George at the intersection of Church and the Esplana...

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