dreaming of dinosaurs

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I had a very strange dream the other night…

It was strange not just because of the odd scenario itself, but also because I almost never remember dreams.  Of all the dreams to remember, why this one?  Anyway, in the dream I was walking along Bloor St. in the middle of the empty road, passing in front of Holt Renfrew, a high-end/luxury retailer of designer apparel and other goods.  Holt’s is known for having elaborate and unusual displays in their windows.

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The Face of Which Planet?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It may seem as though I have dropped off the face of the Earth.

My dear friends and readers, I assure you I am still quite alive.  Try to hold your disappointment.

So, what happened to January?  When the holidays ended I had to hit the ground running.. I’ve been *insanely* busy with work ever since, with last week taking the cake.  One of the guys I work with took the week off to use up his carry-over vacation days… guess who gets to cover his stuff when he’s not there?  Yeah. Read the rest of this entry »

What does this have to do with sex?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The public transit system in Toronto gets me around most places. Inevitably, this means I’ll be exposed to the advertisements posted throughout it. Posters adorn bus shelters, subway platforms and the interior of the vehicles. Ad screens are popping up throughout subway stations. Sometimes the vehicles themselves, too are plastered with giant ads.

Sex is pervasive in our culture and media; it is used to sell pretty much everything. Except for sex, it seems. I think this calls for a great big HUH?

Case in point: Alesse is a popular contraceptive pill, AKA birth control, for women. This advertisement has been annoying me for some time for the simple reason that this it has absolutely nothing to do with sex. Go ahead… read it.

Alesse Ad seen on a Toronto Subway train

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New Years’ Resolution

Monday, March 17, 2008

We’re coming up on Spring, how are your resolutions coming along?  I hope you haven’t forgotton them already!

I tend to come up with resolutions that are easily accomplished. Perhaps I don’t put much faith in the whole resolution thing, or maybe I just can’t be bothered.  My 2007 resolution was to defrost my freezer, and I didn’t get around to that until the summer! Speaking of defrosting, I think I’ll be due again in a couple of months. Damnit!

Determined to do something useful this year, I came up with a seemingly innocuous resolution for 2008.  Althouth it may be simple, this time it’s not a once-a-year thing; it’s got to be sustained indefinitely. Go to the gym? Hah, I know myself  better than that. I opted to start taking a lunch to work. I had grown fond of the company cafeteria, which has a different menu every day; if I didn’t like what they were serving I could always fall back on the Tim Hortons that’s in the building. Sometimes I’d even venture outside to a restaurant or local food court.  Swiss Chalet, Spring Rolls, and the like. Mmmm.

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Proof that Toronto Doesn’t Suck

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Sidewalk Plough in Ottawa, Ontario

As a resident of Toronto, I’m proud not to participate in the national passtime of Toronto-bashing.

This was re-inforced today after I spent some time this afternoon shovelling snow as Toronto and neighbouring suburbs have received 15-20 centimetres of precipitation over the last couple of days.

How you ask? As I was shovelling snow, the sidewalk dude drove by. I had already done some yesterday, and the snowfall between now and then had already been packed down on the sidewalk, so he didn’t have much to do. I nodded “have a nice day” as he passed, and went about my work. A few minutes later as I’d reached the end of the driveway and had started clearing that heavy snow at the edge we all know and hate, sidewalk dude was on his way back on the other side of the street.

The nice man driving the sidewalk plow saw my struggle and stopped his plow. He crossed the street and cleared that horrible muck at the end of the driveway for me!

How awesome is that!?