Blog

Archives

Cell phones and pools do not mix

As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I have not been spending much time in my downtown office space this week and have instead been playing tour guide to a visitor from Australia. Some of my clients see this as me taking a vacation and they are contacting me by my cell when they need help, but potential new clients would not understand me taking a mini vacation when they are looking for my services right now. The only reason I am able to have this time away from my Toronto office space and take day trips to tourist attractions is that I have a professional receptionist who can screen and route my calls to my cell phone, without me having to be in my office space downtown Toronto. Today we had a very hot and humid day, so our plan was to maybe go to the Olympic Pools at Woodbine Beach. T...

You can fight City Hall, but they make it hard to

Last Sunday I went down to my downtown office space to take some preliminary test shots of the boardroom and the seminar training room. On my way in I stopped at McDonalds on Front Street  for an Egg McMuffin. This McDonalds does not have a drive through or a parking lot, so I pulled down the side street and ran in. As I was coming out there was a parking enforcement officer writing me a ticket. When I read the ticket it said parking in a no stopping zone – $60. This was crazy, where was the sign. It seems the sign was hidden under an overhanging tree branch.  I knew I had to fight this one. I was not able to get to the parking enforcement court last week, but I finally got there today. I got into a line that said something like report here first (basically where you get the right fo...

The things we do for our tourist friends

This past two weeks I have been helping play tour guide for a gentleman from Australia. One of the things he wants to do during his last week in Canada is a High Tea. Upon a google search, I found that there are actual places in Toronto that do High Tea. What amazed me the most is that the King Edward Hotel on King Street and the Royal York offered these events. This was great, because both locations were within walking distance from my Downtown Toronto office space. I could slip out to meet my friends for High Tea and get back to my office space in downtown Toronto, without too much effort. Now I just have to choose which High Tea would be the best experience for the gentleman from Australia. I was still curious why someone from another commonwealth country would want to experience High T...

Finding a new home is harder than finding an office space in downtown Toronto

I wish finding a new home was as easy as it was for me to find my downtown Toronto office space. I decided that I no longer want to live in the suburbs and want to find a place closer to downtown. I look daily on craigslist and most often what people are posting is not what they actually have, they try to make it sound better than it is.  When I see the craigslist ads for my office space downtown Toronto, they do not try to over sell what they are offering, they say it as it is. Why is it that people try to over hype an apartment when they know it will not be as advertised when I come to see it? When I was searching for a Toronto office space, I found a few places on the Internet, but when I arrived, they were nothing like the advertisement. When  I finally saw what Telsec had to offer, I ...

Need a car downtown? Why not a Zipcar

Who needs a car downtown Toronto when there are Zipcars and Autoshare locations all over Toronto. There is an Autoshare location within a half block of my downtown Toronto office space in the Toronto Star Building. The condominium building called “Pinnacle” across the road is an Autoshare location. There is a Zipcar location on Queens Quay that is only a two minute walk from 1 Yonge Street. For those not familiar with Zipcar or Autoshare, these are car sharing and car club services that allow members to utilize a vehicle on an hourly or part day basis. This type of service is easier than Toronto car rental and car ownership. You simply book the car you want at the time and the pick up location. When you arrive at the location, you simply place your access card on the windshield...

The view from my Toronto office space

I was in my downtown Toronto office space over looking Harbourfront and the Toronto Islands on Sunday afternoon.  I had to pick a file and wait for a call on my cell phone in order to arrange the drop off of the file.  While I was waiting for the call, I decided to look out the window and enjoy the view. For a while, I was watching the island ferries crossing the harbour and how the other boats stay clear of them.  Then I say something that baffled me, someone in a kayak cut off a ferry boat. Not even the sailboats or power boats tried this. The ferry had to go into reverse in order to give the person in the kayak a chance to pass. As I continued to look out the window of my office space in Toronto, I became amused with how the parking lot across the road was filling up, and how bad some p...

Playing Tour guide to visiting friends

It is amazing how one forgets some of the amazing attractions there are in and around downtown Toronto. Places we may or may not have ever visited, or even knew were there. Sometimes we take these places for granted and never actually go to them, until we get a visitor from out of town. This week, I have been hanging out with a friend who has a visitor from Australia. Last Saturday we decided to take this guy Dan to the Toronto Islands. We parked the car at my downtown Toronto office space and walked 2 minutes to the ferry docks. Upon our return from the islands, I realized that there were plenty of other attractions that were within walking distance or quick transit ride from my office space  in Toronto.  Toronto attractions such as the Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, Metro Convention C...

Regis and Kelly invade PEI

Americas morning television duo Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa rocketed the search term “Prince Edward Island” ranked second in the top Google search terms in the United States on Monday, even Tuesday the search term was ranked 19th. Live with Regis and Kelly are in PEI to do two live shows and two taped shows to air Wednesday and Thursday. The Prince Edward Island government spent $800,000 to help bring the show to the province, while the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency contributed an additional $200,000. I have not heard if Regis and Kelly would be taking a trip across the confederation bridge, the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water, but in Toronto a bridge of its own was announced, well actually a tunnel. For years The Toronto Port Authority, who controls...

World Cup Finals was the buzz in the office today

World Cup Finals was the buzz in the office today, not vuvuzelas. All the talk around the coffee machine at my Toronto office space today seemed to be about the World Cup final and the Spanish win. While some office space tenants were talking about this octopus that had predicted the winners of  all the important games, others want that octopus to help them pick their Lotto Maxx numbers. As I was getting on the elevator to go for lunch, I overheard someone say that they were going to miss the sound of all those vuvuzelas.  The thought of never hearing that again was all that went through my mind. I just hope that people do not start bringing them on mass to Argonaut football games. I was meeting with a client this afternoon at the shared office space that he utilizes. Unlike the Toronto Sh...

Why Canada will never win or even qualify for World Cup

The World Cup was won by the team that did the job on the field. The Spanish fans took over College Street and even took over a streetcar. This almost rivaled the G20 protesters.  If the Dutch team won the Word Cup, Toronto would have been littered by wooden shoes or Marijuana plants. Yes, many in Canada will celebrate the World Cup win by Spain, but they will never celebrate a Canadian win because it will never happen. Most people in Canada think hockey is our sport, the most played game in Canada and around the world is soccer. In previous world cup qualifiers, more Canadian supported the rival teams from Europe or South America than the home team. This was because soccer fans support the team they most identify with and the countries who support the game. In Canada we let all our top so...