Friday, January 30, 2009

cd's i've lost over the years

  1. Pink Floyd - Ummagumma

  2. Pink Floyd - Meddle

  3. Wilco - Summer Teeth

  4. Mogwai - Rock Action

  5. Blind Melon - Soup

  6. Flaming Lips - 1984-1990

  7. Led Zepplin - Physical Graffiti (disk 1 only)

It was ummagumma that bugs me the most... i just realized i lost it!! Hopefully it'll turn up, i miss it.

amidst crums and fortunes

Dost dangers lie.
Our strike be over and not a day shy.
While it brought me passion,
And brought others pain,
I can't help but wonder,
When it will happen again.

Damn pigheadedness!!! To paraphrase that andre guy - "I would've preferred the city come around and accepted our deal. We brought a deal to the table. It was a fair deal." WTF!!! Does the guy even realize what he's saying and the ridiculous irony and bias he's buried in talking about FAIR!!! HA!!! I wish people in general would take a more honest and fair approach with the world, it would win me over at least... i guess thats not the point though, and that would be counterproductive for them. But then at least i'd have a better view of humanity!!!


In other news i now have my google calendar on my iphone. The gdp may be down 0.7% but my happinness is up WAY% and thats all selfished ole me cares about right now!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

pantry stocking

Some good links for stocking your pantry.

I know i'm supposed to throw out spices that are over a year old, but i never have! Dried basil is NOT worthless, but arguably does give very little (it can be had in a tube, which seems to work a bit... a good substitute would likely be refridgerated pesto).

I've never even TRIED cooking dried beans, i should!

Tomato paste in a tube, check.

1/4lb of Prosciutto at all times - now THATS some stocking i look forward too!!

Yay food!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

we're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks

I've somewhat simmered from my rant yesterday. I definitely had some good comments both on and off the blog, and i appreciate those. I can't help but wonder how i would be feeling if i actually ever used oc transpo!!!

As is often the case, and likely for some very deep and profound reason, old 80's songs pop into my head from time to time, and i sing them, or hum them, or whatever until i go and dig up the youtube video. For this one i didn't remember most of the lyrics, so the title of this entry is certainly NOT from memory. I obviously think its a scream. Gooooooo BONNIE!!!!

After watching if you'd like to confirm or deny my first inclination that she is simply a teacher thats obsessed with her students?

Friday, January 9, 2009

union-ited en-raged

So NO is how our beloved drivers voted. They voted no to show "solidarity" and tell the city that its not about the money, its about the scheduling. So basically they said "this scheduling detail is big enough for us to NOT work and we think its worth holding the city hostage for". Negotiation? Bargaining? Its a frickin JOB, either take it, or don't!!!@%!

It seems an awful lot like a monopoly system to me, the type of system most courts and governments try hard to protect their citizens from. Does the union/octranspo have exclusive rights to drive buses in our area? Can't we open this up for negotiation to get some more efficient entity in place, one that won't hold our city hostage? I understand the logistics/training/infrastructure of such a deal probably make it impossible to continue such an avenue right now, but what if this goes on for a few more months? What if the city cannot realistically give the union what it wants and needs to find cheaper or more reasonable workers? I just can't see the fairness in "bargaining" for a contract for a job when a city is on hold while we wait... This whole union business seems SO dated, and its about time to scrap the overhead and counter productiveness they cause (or to cripple their ability to do so)... AHH!!!! Maybe if i was more educated in labour relations i'd have a better handle on this, but i'm not, so i'm voting to rant instead!!! I guess binding arbitration or something of the order needs to happen fast, but fuck this all seems so so expensive!!!

I do think the 64% vs 75% nonsense is silly. CBC pointed out that 75% of voters that turned up to vote voted NO, while the SUN reported 64% of total voters voted NO. The discrepancy is in the 300 or so voters that did not vote. The use of the 64% does not reflect well on our mayor and how what he interprets the strength of ottawas collective intellect to be, although i'd probably do the same thing.

I heard one 20+ year vet of octranspo speak on CBC radio this morning. I can't remember the exact word he used, but it was similar to "elated" to hear that his union voted NO. He was in amazingly high spirits. SO HAPPY to not be working and to be fucking a whole city over!! Are THESE the types of people we want to be driving us around!!! SO WRAPPED UP in their own shit that they can't see all the people being affected by this!! Ugg, i guess the same could be said to the city in that why don't they just offer them what they want to get back to work... the problem there is I pay the fucking taxes and want a more fiscally responsible bureaucatorship to stick it to our payed workers to ensure my money is being well spent! When i see them playing hardball, i tend to agree with it (naively assuming they're trying to save money).


I was cut off VERY rudely this morning and honked my horn. It was one of those cut offs where i was in one spot, and someone behind me basically jumped the line because they were more agro. They then sat in front of me for about 2 minutes blocking traffic. I was baffled, honked for about 5 seconds, but then stopped leaning. As soon as traffic cleared and they sped away i was left to fester on my lack of aggressiveness and wonder why i didn't lean on my horn for the 2 minutes i sat there. Now that i've had time to reflect i'm glad i didn't, because all the other folks surrounding didn't want to hear a horn for 2 minutes, and i'm glad i didn't damper their friday's too much. However, that one dude deserves a whole world of pain, and are likely simply in one if they are so selfish to think that they can ruin a whole group of peoples morning to give themselves an extra few minutes to bitch about the traffic. Likely a very sad oaf (thank goodness i'm not one of those!!! :).

Happy friday!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

hockey time in Canada

I had the pleasure of attending the gold medal world junior game
tonight. I'm not a huge hockey fan by any means, but it was a blast.
If there's one thing Canada know, it's hockey. Transit strikes, and