Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Or drink them like water, I guess.
So a new flavour? Why not....
I wonder how many poor saps - besides me - will miss the fine print?
"Why am I lying on the ground?"
Friday, 26 July 2013
What a bunch of losers waiting and waiting to see him.
Sad that they don't have a life.
Even if he was seen spitting off his balcony yesterday.
And even the major media outlets were there today.
Turns out, I wasn't far off.
A radio station said they actually smuggled him out in a blue recycling bin. (Should have finished the job.)
And another concert tonight.
And another stake out tomorrow......
Oh well, at least one lucky guy got up close and personal!
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Was incredibly lucky to be walking past the swanky swank Hazelton Hotel yesterday when a group of Beliebers let me know they were waiting for the anointed one to appear.
I wondered what His Biebs would be doing in a TO hotel - besides peeing in mop buckets and bitch slapping paparazzi - when he should be out on tour, annoying other countries.
And looks like this reporter has the same opinion of him as I do. See Count Me In! for a reminder of my opinion.
But enough of slagging him.
Back to waiting for him. And waiting.
It wasn't him.
I was like soooo fed up. That was it.
But then, just when I was ready to go after two hours....
Oh well. Off to Air Canada Centre.
To get Leaf tickets, of course!
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
A recent analysis by a crack sabermetrician....ahem.....has shown how major league baseball teams are performing compared to team payrolls.
Conventional wisdom would have you believe that the higher the payroll, the higher the winning percentage.
That would be the yellow swath through the middle of the chart.
Over performers - lower payroll + higher winning percentage are in the upper, left hand, green corner. And the losers are in the lower right corner.
But even though they loaded up on high priced talent, their payroll of $118 M$ is just over the major league average of 103 M$. They are in the Yellow range, so could be considered performing "As Expected".
Gee, those Blue Jays can't even screw up correctly!
And for the money spent, even the woeful Marlins and Astros are doing "As Expected".
It's the Yankees and Dodgers that aren't giving good value for the money. But.....as it sits right now, they are in the playoffs.
The Jays should be looking at what the Rays, A's, Indians and Pirates have done.
Monday, 22 July 2013
Now I was 19 once, but are there any pictures of me doing completely stupi......Hmmmm......never mind.......
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Well, I guess they have to do maintenance some time.
So that means all the Gardiner traffic is now funnelled onto Lakeshore Blvd, with all the normal traffic for that.
So what's going on down there?
So all the traffic coming in to Toronto on a summer Sunday morning, with a Jays game at the Dome, is funnelled into two lanes.
Two lanes with traffic lights.
My six year old - if I had one - could probably say, maybe we should schedule these for different weekends.
Holy cow, does anyone at City Hall ever use their brains to justify their $100,000 salaries?
[I guess I had a bit of time to stew on that one.....]
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Wooden Sticks is a course north of Toronto that has several holes inspired by some of the most famous holes on various PGA courses.
Above is the green on "The Postage Stamp" hole. Of course, everyone knows this as the 8th hole at Royal Troon, in Scotland. Where the The Open was last held in 2004.
And what a harmless, tiny little bunker in front of the green that is. Called a pot bunker.
Hmmmm..... But it does look a little deep.
Actually, it does look very deep.
I pity the fool that.......
Four steps to get down and four strokes to get out. The top of that cursed thing is almost at eye level. They should also have a little chair down there.
Ruint my round. Damn Scots.
As I read on their website, afterwards; "The prevailing wind is always right to left. Make sure you clear the large pot bunker in front of the green."
Ack laddie, a bit late for that tasty morsel.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
People have just moved in.
This new(er) condo is going up about 20 feet beside them.
Hope you like watching people eat breakfast.....
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Monday, 15 July 2013
With the record rainfall last week and tremendous flooding, interesting to understand our watershed.
So this is a map of where Taddle Creek used to....I mean still....runs.
There are many, many rivers that have been buried in Toronto over the years.
The part that was buried first was the southern most part, from Church St. to the Don River (lower right part of the blue line).
Which was a key section in old Toronto and in the spring the place was a mess. Hence the nickname Muddy York (Toronto was called York until 1834).
This also became the start of Toronto's storm water and sewer system. Because along with the filth came disease. The contaminated water led to several cholera epidemics.
As publisher of The Canadian Freeman, Francis Collins, wrote in the 1830's, "All the filth of the town – dead horses, dogs, cats, manure – drops down into the water, which is used by almost all the inhabitants....."
Unfortunately, he himself died of cholera in 1834.
I say stormwater and sewer system, because in order to save money, they built the two side by each, with only a weir separating them.
So after a big rainfall, like say - last week - raw sewage gets into the stormwater system and heads straight for the lake.
Just like the 1830's!
Representing the length of Taddle Creek.
Kind of cool; a water carrying vessel representing a water carrying creek.
And in areas, you can still hear old Taddle Creek gurgling under some of the sewer grates.
Kinda cool; a gurgling old creek blogged about by a gurgling old guy.
Friday, 12 July 2013
This time it is $6 million worth of road and sidewalk repairs. Needed after the $57 million water and sewer upgrades of the last couple of years.
Now this is actually Phase III of the original one phase project. You can get caught up on the first two here from a March 2012 post.
The reason why these repairs couldn't have been done with the other project must only be known by a small group of minions, deep in the bowels of City Hall. "Mwah ha ha haaaaa!!!"
No Truer Words
The first City of Toronto Sign that I have ever believed.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
The first picture is a commuter train coming down - well trying to come down - the Don River valley.
It always gets flooded.
The second picture is the Don Valley Parkway.
It always gets flooded.
It never gets flooded.
Even though it was a record rainfall for a 24 hour period, the part that caused the problems was that we got most of it in about four hours.
Here the fences are up for this weekend's Honda Indy on Lakeshore Bvld.
Huge sections of the city were without power. With some just getting power back this morning.
The owner was tracked down and turned out to be a lawyer. "No biggie - I have several of them.".....he might have said.
In his defence, I'd seen other pictures where the water was actually up to the windows.
He left it because he had an important meeting to get to. Can't keep those billable hours waiting!
For others, everything worked out alright in the end.
Because we're supposed to get more today. Whoo boy.....