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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...

High School Reunion – well the unofficial one this past weekend

A while back I got an invitation via Facebook, to attend a high school reunion for all the people who graduated in the 1980’s. This sounded great, as the last reunion I went to was attended by primarily people who graduated in the 1960’s and 1970’s. They truly overshadowed and made up a much larger group of people than those who attended in the 1980’s, especially those who graduated in the late 80’s. They themed the larger gym with 1960’ and 70’s photos and memorabilia, while fashioning the smaller gym with 1980’s and 90’s photos and pop references. As the dance portion of the school anniversary reunion went along, it became apparent that the big gym was packed and the smaller gym with the more recent (1980’s, 1990’s and the 2000’s) was almost empty. This made me believe that it was too so...

Adventures with salesmen farmer Bob and Skippy the over enthused sales guy

Those who have read my blog that is published on the web site of my Toronto office space at Telsec, know that I try to tie in a plug about my small office rental at the end of each blog. This time I can not be more sincere about my thankfulness of having a great Toronto office business centre that has modern office equipment (including the ability to print 11” x 17” documents) without the hassles of ownership of these pieces of equipment. Being able to use this equipment on an as needed basis, sure saves me from having to go buy it from “farmer Bob” or “Skippy”. How hard can it be to shop for a printer, pretty hard when you get the sales people I did this weekend at 2 of the stores I visited in Belleville today. Yesterday I went down to Belleville to visit my first in-laws and to help them...

TIFF is over, now what?

I did not get a chance to chase after celebrities this year at TIFF, but many photographers did. What most of them did not realize is that throughout the year there are many celebrities who visit Toronto for other purposes. Stars like Rob Low, Drew Berrymore, George Clooney, as well as directors like David Cronenberg and Henry Wrinkler, all made appearances. Toronto is a place to film for many actors and actresses, even with the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, telling film makers to stop making films north of the border. This is the real reason the Governator did not come to TIFF. Without Hollywood productions, Toronto is seen as a place to film high quality films.  Toronto is very well known for the high quality production crews and support staff. Film production aside, Toro...

The Sign of Fall is The New Television Season

It was only last week that I watched the season finale of my favorite summer show “Big Brother”. I have another blog I will be writing about the ending and the Jury’s choice of Hayden over Lane as the winner of “Big Brother”. One summer show (that I did not watch this summer) that ended last week was “Americas Got Talent”.  I only heard about that show from listening to the “Howard Stern Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio. The most interesting thing I heard about “Americas Got Talent”  is that they promoted the fact the winner would take home a million dollars, but it was the research staff of the “Howard Stern Show” that publicly outed the show when they discovered that the winner would receive $25,000 for 40 years...

Congratulations Taylor, but why do you want to know the sex?

Today while I was in the kitchen of my office space Toronto, I found out that the women two offices away from me is pregnant. When I went to get my second cup of complimentary coffee, Taylor was getting herself a decaffeinated cup of herbal  tea.  I had to ask her if the news was true. She confirmed that indeed, her and her husband are expecting their first child in February. During my conversation with Taylor, I found out that she was going for her 20 week ultrasound next week and they would find out the sex of the child at that time. I had to know if she wanted to know the sex of the child from the ultrasound or did she want to wait until the birth of the child. It turned out that she was intending to find out the sex of the child from the ultrasound. Since she would know the sex, an off...

Your office is Best Before September 29th

Best before dates Over the past 20 years or so, best before dates have appeared on many products that our parents would have never thought had an expiry date. Spam and other canned products were the things we were told to put away during the cold war. now they have Best  Before dates. What changed? Products like hand soap and disposable towelettes now have best before dates. What is next to have a Best Before date, toilet paper and paper towels? These days, it seems that every product we consume, seems to have a best before date.  Some say this is a safety issue and that all products should have that best before date listed on them. I am starting to believe that some products are listing Best Before dates to force consumers not to keep them, but to replace them on a regular basis. I have n...

How many times can one actor be seen in the background of one scene of Degrassi?

As an actor or someone who stumbled into acting (that is another story), I have done my dues as an extra in crowd scenes, along with many appearances as a background performer with specific directions. I have also done some bit parts without lines and even a few bit parts with spoken lines. One day, I realized that I wanted to act and not just be in front of the camera, so I no longer wanted to do extra work. I enjoyed stepping into a role and making it my own. I did not care if anyone actually recognized me. I started to take acting more seriously and had to prioritize acting over just getting my face on camera just so I could brag to my friends. My agent saw this and so did some local casting directors. I started to get more auditions for minor roles that were pretty much SOC (Silent on ...

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