Oct 19 2014

We’ve Voted In Our First Municipal Election Since Moving Here

Well, Steve and I set off yesterday to vote in the municipal election, and I’d say this one was one of the easiest experiences yet.

We decided to go to City Hall, mostly because I pretty much knew where that was. A couple of questions to people randomly standing around, and in we went. We got taken back to the room where voting was going on, and that was pretty easy too. And bonus of bonuses, the people running the polling station knew what those accessible machines were. In even better news, the lady who helped us said several people had used them already! Yea!

I have to say it seemed like there was a pretty steady stream of people coming in to vote, which is a nice change from the usual scene of sadness and loneliness that has been polling stations in the past. I also saw not a single soul get mad that the ballot scanner let them know if things were marked correctly,like happened in Guelph.

The weirdest thing that happened to us was somehow the machine got convinced Steve wanted his instructions in French, and could not be convinced otherwise until we started over. But after that, all was good.

Man, I’m not used to having so many things to vote for. The most confusing part of this whole thing was figuring out how many schoolboard trustees you were supposed to vote for. You can vote for up to 4, I know this now, but man, getting that information was next to impossible! My question is why?

So, now we’ve done our thing, we just wait to see how it all shakes out. Thanks to everyone for being so nice.

Oct 19 2014

Don’t Annoy Your Nurses. It Might Kill You.

I’m glad Daniela Poggiali wasn’t on staff at the hospital where I was. I’m sure there were times when I would have annoyed even the most tolerant of nurses.

Here are some creepy lines from the story.

Cops arrested a nurse in northeastern Italy in connection with the deaths of as many as 38 patients, whom she might have killed because she found them — or their relatives — annoying, officials said.

So poor Steve might have been annoying, and bam, out I’d go.

Police have the cellphone of Daniela Poggiali, 42, which included a photo she snapped a few months ago of her giving a thumbs up next to a patient who had died moments before,…

That’s just evil.

Or is this the most evil?

Another one of Poggiali’s colleagues said the accused nurse was once reported for giving powerful laxatives to patients at the end of her shift to make work tougher for nurses working after her.

You just wonder what gets some people into some professions.

Oct 19 2014

These Meat Eaters Won’t Be Denied

Speaking of vegetarian options, I was looking at Twitter one day, and came across this comedy sketch, which made me laugh, really really hard. I only wish it was a little louder.

Here puss puss puss!

Oct 19 2014

No One Will Mistake Me For Canada’s Smartest Person

Oof. I love these Maclean’s quizzes, but sometimes they sure don’t love me. I just finished scoring 53% on this one. Peter Dyakowski, A.K.A. Canada’s Smartest Person, meanwhile, scored an 80.

As usual, I missed a few I should have known, but they were evened out somewhat by some really good guesses. And it pays to somehow remember that a reasonably important event in 20th century history was almost called “An Aquarian Exposition”, as it turns out.

Oct 19 2014

Oh My Pho Mai

Gill seems to have a thing for reviewing restaurants these days. She goes to some pretty alright sounding places.

Last evening I went out to this local Thai place called Pho Mai. Although known mostly for take out this establishment has a wide selection of things to choose from.

What Is It Like?

Take out goes high end, minus the super expensive price tags. The atmosphere inside mellows one out with its water feature at the entrance on one side, and a wall of frosted glass on the other. It is painted in a butter nut squash tone accented by dark wood, and tan colored floors.

What Did I Eat?

This restaurant’s only real issue to me was the overall lack of a vegetarian option. However I did find a reasonably priced vegetable rice noodle soup that I spiced up with some hot sauce. Two thumbs way up for that.

Final Verdict

For a mostly known place for take out, that lacked a lot in its vegetarian options Pho Mai’s mellow atmosphere and delicious soup and coffee made up for its short comings.

Oct 17 2014

You Should Try Alpine Lager. Just Don’t Chug It, Because That’s Dumb

So here I am, enjoying a late afternoon beer when this pops up in my RSS reader. Chugging Is Dumb

I’m not gonna lie. The ability to chug a beer impresses me somewhat for one simple reason. I can’t do it. But just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should. It really is pretty stupid, especially when done by dudes who do it for the perceived validation that comes with showing off by doing it over and over again. It’s a good party trick now and then, but the more you do it, the less cool you become. It turns you into a dumber, more obnoxious and slobbery version of the tool you probably were before you started, which is not what you should ever be going for.

On the subject of beer, I highly recommend Alpine Lager. Somehow I’d never tried it or even heard of it until a few weeks ago, and now I feel like I need to make up for lost time. It’s smooth and pleasant to drink, and the price is good. It’s only about a dollar more than what they charge for some of the “discount beers” in Ontario these days, and it tastes a couple dollars better than that. It’s brewed by Moosehead, who’s main Moosehead Lager is in my top 5 favourite beers. So if you trust either me or them, you know the quality is there. Give it a try now, thank me later.

Oct 17 2014

Turkey Day

If you were wondering how Gill spent her Thanksgiving, wonder no more. Sounds like a nice time.

The Table is set, all the relatives are there, and dad pours the wine. This is tradition for most folks on any major holiday. Today I am going to walk you through my Thanksgiving, so try to get comfortable.

A Smart Phone For My Uncle

In future blogs I will further introduce you to my uncle Greg. Every family has someone like this. Last Saturday I, along with my sister, uncle, and one of my dad’s cousins went to the Rogers phone store. This was mostly my sister and my dad’s cousin’s idea. Bringing uncle Greg in to the tech age, by giving him the ability to text and send e-mails from a phone around the size of my hand. Once that was done, my sister showed him how to activate Blue Tooth in his truck.

What’s For Dinner?

Thanksgiving at my folks mainly consists of crackers and cheese in the afternoon, cards, and loads of laughter. Dinner is most often chicken, but this year was slightly different. We had turkey, stuffing, a time honored sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and pecans, cranberries, root vegetables, beets, carrots, potatoes, etc, and of course pumpkin pie.


I would often pass on it until last year, but now that I have tried it, I find I am all about pumpkin pie. I also quite enjoy the traditions, gathering around a table made by one of my great-grandfathers, the love it takes to prepare a feast, and of course my family.

Oct 16 2014

Stop Calling Him That, For God’s Sake!

Ok, I’ve had it. I’ve let this go on long enough. I must say something.

Why do people insist on calling Madison Bumgarner MadBum? On every level, it’s a terrible nickname. There aren’t many levels mind you, but it’s awful on all of them. It’s not creative, it sounds a little insulting and just thinking it makes my brain feel kinda gross.

MadBum is not a person. MadBum is what a person gets the morning after a night of liquor and suicide wings.

That is all. Goodnight and enjoy the game.

Oct 16 2014

Simply Delicious

And now, Gill with a few nice words for a restaurant she ate at while she was off doing the family visiting thing.

While I was visiting my parents in the town I grew up in we went for dinner at this local restaurant called Simplicity. I have been there a few times, and can honestly say that the vegetarian options are fantastic.

A Last Minute Choice

On October 4th my mom, dad, sister, and I were just sort of hanging around my childhood home deciding whether to have the chicken pizza casserole leftovers or something different. Something different won out.

Dinner At Eight

We made the reservations, did our own things in the afternoon, and left the house around a quarter to eight.

Inside Simplicity

The atmosphere inside the restaurant puts one in mind of a trendy place that serves mainly locally grown and produced fair, with out the snobbery of one of those super high end places. The lighting is pretty good, and there is lots of variety.

My pick

Aside from the bread with locally made apple butter I had tomato dill soup, stuffed egg plant with spinach, tomatoes, leaks, onions, sesame seeds, etc, and apple fritters.


What should you do? If you are ever fourteen miles west of Collingwood, drop on in to Simplicity, or check them out on the web. I don’t know their address, but they are closed Mondays.

Hey there. It’s Steve again.

A minute’s Googling has me pretty certain that this is the place, and that you can find it at 81 King St. E. in Thornbury, Ontario. And unless that website is out of date (entirely possible), they are open on Mondays.

Oct 16 2014

Unless You’re Getting Rid Of It, Leave The Intentional Walk Alone

Some of the ideas that Major League Baseball’s Pace of Game Committee has come up with aren’t bad at all. Limiting the time between pitches, when a batter can step out of the box and the number of times catchers can hike over and helpfully tell the pitcher to throw a strike will all do nothing but good so long as they can be consistently enforced. But there’s one I do have a bit of a problem with.

Intentional walks will no longer include the pitcher lobbing four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, the manager will signal to the home-plate umpire and the batter will take first base.

No! No no no no no!

We all know how I feel about intentional walks. I hate them. Always have, always will. There’s only one good thing about an intentional walk. When the other team does it and it fails. The only thing better than that is when it fails spectacularly. If baseball is going to continue subjecting me to the very existence of the intentional walk, the least they can do is make people earn that shit instead of making the so-called free pass even more free.

Speaking of baseball, I’m glad I didn’t make any playoff picks this year. If you’d told me at the end of the season that by mid October the Dodgers, Tigers, Orioles and to a lesser extent the Angels would all be finished and 3 of those would be sweeps, I’d have thought you were nuts! And now, here we are. It’s been quite the postseason.

For the record, I’m calling a Giants Royals World Series, and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing KC win it. They’ve had such an awesome run. I like the Giants, but if you need it, there’s my prediction.

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