Dec 13, 2011
It’s not that I’ve never skied, I have, but came a time when I graduated from skis to the “Legend” to something with steel edges I could ride at a few different hills in the area (at the time, mind you, not very many) and I became a proud snowboarder. I pretty much stopped riding when I had knee surgery a few years ago but I never thought I’d see the day when I’d post a video from a “two planker wanker” on this blog and yet, here I am… This little video is pretty rad and made me not absolutely hate winter. Sure, that’s easy for me to say sitting in a hotel room in California, but the point stands…
Sep 28, 2011
Aug 5, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
After a few close (and not so close) seasons, the most winningest team in Toronto Dodgeball History is back on top!
Congrats to us all on a near perfect season and especially to Brandy Boulet & Nat (rookie of the year!) who had to play every last game without substitutions – at the risk of playing into all the sexist undertones that often emerge from co-ed sports, we really do have the best girls in the league. A lot of other teams have girls that give the balls to boys to throw on every play and scream when balls get thrown at them… Not our gals, nope, they’re go-ers and they’ll go ya! Dirts!!!
Apr 12, 2011
5 or 6 years ago one of my dearest friends, Olivia Go, shipped off to New York City to attend culinary school after completing a degree in New Media at Ryerson. I’m not sure that any of us could have imagined where that jouney would take her – after stints at some of NYC’s finest restaurants Olivia brought her culinary talents along with a newfound passion for the tools of her trade back to Toronto with her. Enter Tosho Knife Arts – a business that began when she partnered with local knife expert Ivan Fonseca as a professional sharpening business that has now expanded into the sale of highly desirable Japanese knives.
I mean, hell, I’m fine with my lower grade Henckels that I inherited from my grandmother but I’ll be god damned if I wouldn’t love to get my hands on one of these bad boys…
…or one of these which I would also use for cooking.
Anywhoooo, Tosho would like to invite you all to the opening of their Pop-Up Shop on Easter Sunday from Noon – 4PM at 40 Argyle Place (East of Ossington, between Dundas St. and Queen St., an alley way off of Argyle St., behind Boehmer restaurant).
Tell your chef friends… or friends who love to cook and spend money.
They’re also donating 50% of all proceeds from their knife sharpening services to relief efforts in Japan for the rest of the year – pretty huge.
As long as I’m pumping up my friends endeavors; I’d like to make mention to Sparkles & Co’s recently relaunched Red Nation Online.
Spark’s dedication to the site never ceases to amaze me and I’m extremely proud of how successful he’s been able to make the site in such a short amount of time. Personally, I think the site’s greatest assets is the sound quality of their podcasts, which let’s face it, wouldn’t have been possible without me… So what I mean when I talk about how proud I am of Spark is that I’m really proud of myself. I’m the best. Rennick is #1. Over and out.
Feb 16, 2011
Aug 12, 2010
Last Wednesday marked the official start of weekly Bubble Hockey Tournies in The Shop @ Parts & Labour. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it tonight but I’ll be there next week for sure and you should be too! $5 gets you a spot in the tournament and a beer – can’t beat that with a bat, can you?
It’s not just boys fun…
Not that I’m a total misogynist that doesn’t expect girls to beat boys at anything sports related but I’m always stoked when it happens and Dani did not disappoint. She quickly climbed the ranks, spanking some of the top fellas to take round two and eventually the whole shebang!
Next week, with McCracken away, I’ll try not to get knocked out in the first round!
May 18, 2010
It would have been really nice to have had some more time here… I spent pretty much all my time in Santa Monica which I really enjoyed but it would have been nice to explore more… I really wanted to go into Hollywood and pay a visit to Dan Smith (and maybe even come home with a little something special) but unfortunately the time just wasn’t there. I got here on Saturday night and had to leave Monday morning… 1 day? Just not enough… unfortunately I couldn’t get the time away from work with the current work schedule…
Wokeup, had coffee, packed up and vacated! I hate travel days, it sucks knowing that you’re going to leave the house around 12 in the afternoon and get back to Toronto around 12 at night (which will feel more like 9 at night with the time change so sleeping may not be easy) then go to work in the morning. C’est la vie.
Huge, Huge, HUGE thanks for Marc for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to show me a great time and also to his roomie Doug for allowing me to take over their living room for the weekend…
So I’m sitting here at the airport, complaining that I got here waaaaaaaay too early and who do I notice sitting right across from me? Guzman, Adrian Cann and Cronin sitting right across from me and the rest of the TFC and their staff down the line…
I looked through my camera and sure enough, the only good pic that I had was of Cann so I walked over and said “hey, sorry to bug you, but this is you, right?” and he was stoked! Adrian asked me to send the pic over to him via email when I get home… I took the opportunity to pump up Red Nation a little and then let them be so they could get on to Vancouver.
May 18, 2010
I headed over to the convention center, set up, went for my usual coffee & snack at Lion’s, worked for the day… pretty uneventful overall until mid-afternoon when the whirlwind began! The exhibit hall closed at 3 and I had a 4 o’clock train booked for LA so I had to boogie! Boogie I did… tore down and packed up my equipment in a record 11 minutes and 13 seconds and hauled ass to the train station!
I gotta tell ya; the upgrade to business class was a very, very smart decision. No line-ups, guaranteed seating, nicer seating, much less crowded car, wine & snacks served, a little table to set my computer on (with power outlets and eeeeerythang), and seriously… 14 bucks? Yes ma’am.
I met this really nice lady named Ramona, originally from the Philipines who now lives in Long Beach. Really, really nice lady and we chatted all the way from San Diego to LA without rest – she had really great stories about traveling Europe when she was younger and a wonderful outlook on life, trying as it may be at times.
Meeting folks like Ramona & Irene definitely made the trip a lot better for me, helped eliminate some of my loneliness quite a bit and encouraged me to push myself a little bit outside of my comfort zone and talk to strangers more. You never know who you’re gonna meet and what their going to give to you.
The view from the train was no joke, either. The weather may not have been amazing but it didn’t make the coast any less beautiful.
Got picked up by Brother Lemoine – a giant among men – at Union Station and we headed right away over to The Home Depot Center where he was shooting some pics for Sparkles’ Footie site Red Nation Online.
It also just so happens that Marc is buds with Jackie, a LA Galaxy Sideline Reporter (who also happens to be a bit of a babe – if I do say so, myself… and I do), so she made sure that I was able to get in posing at Marc’s assistant.
I mean, come on, I may not be a superfan or anything but it doesn’t get much better than watching a game THIS close!
There was some suuuuuper obnoxious wanna be hooligans right behind us yelling the worst shit the whole game… I obviously don’t care that they don’t like the TFC but it took so much to not just turn around and drag these weenises out of the stands and spank them like their fathers should have…
So glad the TFC held on to tie the game; a loss would have given the reeeee rees so much satisfaction.
After the game Marc and I boogied over to Real Food Daily before they closed – this place did NOT disappoint! Holy shit! I had a Tuscan Bean Soup and the Fettucini Alfredo and they were iiiiiiiincredible! No room for desert at all! Bumout! I just couldn’t do it…
Went home, set up camp, had a beer and passed the F out! Hello LA!
Jan 18, 2010
For the last couple of months a bunch of my friends have been making a weekly Sunday pilgrimage to Bowlerama in Etobicoke to get right with the lanes and hone their skills at post strike slow motion celebration dances and last night I made the trek with them. Super fun – thanks for having me out!
I’m not entirely horrible (although, I did blow my load on the first game and never quite recovered) but I’m not a particularly good bowler so the highlight of my night was following along with Chris as he lived out one of his childhood fantasies of going back behind the lanes to see where the magic really happens.
Thanks to Sterling, Ian and all the good folks at Bowlerama West for being super nice and accommodating. Now, give Chris a job!
Oct 29, 2009
Yaw, yaw! Peep dis! So, I’ve got a 7:25 flight out of Toronto to set up a project for a client at the IDSA in Philadelphia. I’ve got a car coming to pick me up at 5:50am so I needed to pack last night and sleep early – I got packed but could not, for the life of me, fall asleep until after 2 am… I woke up at 5:45, panicked but managed to get ready for 5:55… Not bad, but then I had a last minute “do I have everything?!” freak out that set me back until somewhere between 6:05 and 6:10.
Keep in mind; I’ve got to be at Pearson by 6:25 or I risk missing the flight… The limo driver rips ‘er, I do an electronic check in on my phone (which crapped out twice during the process – thanks Air Canada!) and finish just as we’re pulling into the terminal…
With me I have 4 Laptops, 1 Router, 2 Switches and a buttload of cables in addition to all my clothing and whatnot – both business and otherwise… Basically, I’ve got a ton of really heavy and important shit and cannot miss this flight or my ass is grass!
I maneuver through trough the terminal like a salmon upstream and slide through the check in like Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom, hat and all, and managed to get through customs without them having a fit about the mass amounts of bombs making equipment consumer electronics I have on me. I made it, but only by the hair on my chinny chinn chinnnnnn….
I get to Philly just after 9:00 and my badass cab driver, Rev. Dr. Stephen (Neither a Doctor nor a Reverend), gets me to my hotel where I call the guys I’m to be working with and have them tell me “this is a union city, these guys are taking their sweet ass time and there won’t be anything for you to do around 1″.
Great because now I can walk around and FEED THE BEAR! Bad because I just had a retardo morning for no good reason… Extra bad because as I set out to my favorite place to chow down in Philly around 10:00 I find out that no one here opens anything until noon…
…except MAOZ! Spark & Rob will appreciate this! We ate here a bunch when we were in Barcelona and they are bringing Maoz Vegetarian to North America with the first one being in Philly! Second being in NYC fyi… Falafel and vegan rice pudding for breakfast? Giddy up!
Thought Wong might appreciate this…
Like A Boss…
I have a new hero.
So, once noon hits I make my way over to Gianna’s and get me some of that sweet vegan cheese steak. mmmm, mmmm good!
As I was leaving I spotted the vegan mac n cheese and figured that I’m going to need dinner, so I took some to go…
Then I spotted the vegan carrot cake cupcakes and figured I’m going to need desert so I took 9 to go… ok, just one, and I just ate it and it was fantastic…
The rest of the time was spent setting up at the conference and then working the floor for a couple of hours… I’m exhausted! It’s been a long, long day but all things considered it’s been really good and I have very few things to complain about… Who’d listen?!
As I type this, I’m havin’ a couple of bevies in the hotel lounge while the Phillies play the Yankers and these two gents discuss the finer points of this great American past -time and their various regional allegiances. It’s fun.
Goodnight, sweet princes and princesses.
Jul 3, 2009
Let’s just call it like it is; I’m in pretty rough shape. I haven’t been on the bike enough, I definitely don’t sleep enough, I drink too much and I haven’t been eating anywhere near as well as I should. I’ve been under a tremendous amount of pressure and, like it or not, I’m a bit of stress eater / drinker / masturbater… wait… shit. My friends are pretty good and cutting me off when they see me acting too foolishly but I’ll definitely go home and sneak a tub of Soy Delicious to myself. C’est la vie.
Fortunately, even beyond my friends just mocking and shaming me into better habits – I’ve got a few friends that know a thing or two about a thing or two and last night
A Death For Every Sin Final Word Throwdown Matheson / Madball drummer, potential lesbian baby factory and personal trainer extraordinaire Ben Dussault came over and wrote a program for me to help me get back into fightin’ lovin’ shape over the summer.
He leaves for tour on Monday and while he’s gone I’ll do some work on his bike and he’ll do some work on my bod. Pause… Check Madball’s tour schedule and if he’s playing in a town near you be sure to check ‘em out and say what’s up to my boy! For the locals (read: 99.9% of the people reading this) check out Matheson this Saturday night @ Sneaky Dee’s!
Hey Sean, remember that time you randomly decided to put a hot BBQ lighter on my leg?
The modern primitives would be so proud!