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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...

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...

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