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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...

The 24-7 Reality of Being Self Employed

It is late Sunday night and I am out at a dinner with friends celebrating a special occasion when I got a call from a client. It seems that had accidently deleted a file containing some photos I took for them, and they needed to send the photo to their printer by 2:30 AM in the morning. The problem was that I had not taken my car to this celebration and it would take me too long to get home by public transit or even taxi, in order for me to get the photo to client so they could meet their deadline. I remembered that I had copies of the photos on my computer at my downtown Toronto office space. My office space Toronto was only a few minute taxi ride from the entertainment district, so off I went. Even on a Sunday night it is not easy to get a cab in the club district, most of the Taxis were...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I was walking to my downtown Toronto office space on Tuesday after a morning meeting near the St. Lawrence Market.  As I walked along the Esplanade, I noticed workers setting up the patio barriers around Fionn McCools and the Esplanade Beer Market. I thought this was kind of odd that bars were setting up their patios in March, as patio season does not normally start until late April or early May. Then today I had meeting out in the west end, I drove up Yonge Street to King. As I passed Wellington and noticed a group of people outside the Irish Embassy pub putting up a sign, but did not see what it said. As I drove past a few Irish pubs on King Street, I noticed people standing on their patios. It clicked in, these bars were not setting up for patio season, they were setting up for the St. ...

Shooting More With New Camera

Back in late January I purchased a new camera body, but have not had many chances to use it. I purchased a Nikon D90 to upgrade from my four year old D80 body. I am not retiring or selling my D80, but I am keeping it as a second body that I will keep one of my other lenses on. This will mean that I do not have to change lenses during a shoot. The new D90 camera is a big improvement over the D80, it has a larger and better sensor that allows me to shoot indoors without a flash. Since purchasing the new camera I have only had a few chances to use it. Not having a full time studio anymore restricts my model shoots to rented or borrowed studios and outdoor shoots. The other problem with not having a full time studio has been coordinating times and dates with models and the studios that I do ha...