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Monday, 12-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Philadelphia Freedom
We're Number One!
Big Things
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It's been slow on the blog front, and I apologize. Murphy http://murphy.fotopages.com has been kicking my ass in that area and frankly, just insufferable about it, so screw you Murphy. Here goes...

1 - The Liberty Bell

An annual US conference I go to every year was held in Philly this year. So of course, we all had to go see the Liberty Bell. Unfortunately, I went while debilitatingly hungover from the night before, so I don't really remember much about the Liberty Bell display, except that it's security gate rival's the airport, and that they don't sell Gatoraide there. I don't know whether it was the location or the weather or the stars, but on a scale of 1 to 10 for bad, obnoxious business trip behaviour - this trip rated about a 37.

2 - Phillies vs. Oakland

Later that same day, we took a bunch of clients to see a Phillies game. I'm not much for baseball, but I'll tell ya, Philadelphia has a great field. Tickets - comped. Snacks and beer for 6 - $57. Hats - $24. Sunscreen - $4. Getting to expense big foam #1 fingers - priceless.

Further to my mention of being debilitatingly hungover in #1, at this point I'd had an extra-large OJ, 1 large bottle of water, a Gatoraide, 2 bladder-buster diet cokes, and still didn't pee until around 5:00.

3 - Huge Shoe

I found this huge shoe while Devo, Chris and I were going for a walk one day. It was at least 4 ft. long and suprisingly well made. We have no idea where it came from. It was on top of a big pile of garbage that didn't appear to be connected to any of the surrounding buildings. The pile of trash also smelled really bad - like a big, fetid sneaker. It was cool. I took Derwod to see it the next day, but someone had taken it. Secretly Devo and I think it was Chris.

4 - Jesui

The Jesus collection may be winding down at home, but the dieties are alive and well and living at the office. The Buddy Christ from Dogma is my personal favourite, although the St. Clair - Patron Saint of TV is right up there. I'm pretty sure this is why I've not been promoted beyond manager.

5 - Air France

I don't know if you can see it, but that Air France plane that slid off the runway in early August was right by my house. If you look closely, you can see a vague stream of smoke in the distance. Traffic was backed up all over the city, and the west end of Toronto was a mess. Also, the entire are smelled like burnt wire and plastic. For days you could see the carcass of the plane lying wheels up from the 401.

Incidentally, this was the same week Derwood and I booked a trip to France in the fall. I mean, it seemed the safest place to go because, really, what are the odds?

6 - Butter Elvis

This is an Elvis bust made out of butter at the CNE. Usually you only see butter sculputers at the Royal Winter Fair in November, and then they have really big ones like whole cows and sheep and stuff, but this was still pretty cool. They've been doing this here for about 40 or so years. They had a great shot of the Butter Beatles from 1965, but I didn't get a shot of it. Sorry, it was quite something...

Sunday, 17-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

This is Pooh. Pooh was the shit from 0 to about 6 years old. I have a couple of favourites, but Pooh is right up there. As you can see, he's worn to the cloth from being dragged all over hell's half acre. He has been washed more times that I can count. He had a shirt once, but we'll get to that in a second. He's a fixture in most of my baby/toddler photos. He's been on car trips, on planes, to the Carribean, across the US and back again.

I was talking to Murphy this weekend http://murphy.fotopages.com. She's still pissed at me about the time I got her kid, Mr. Bobo, a fish for Christmas which in turn gave birth to about 700 more fish. I told her she should start giving them away. She said she couldn't do that because it would scar Mr. Bobo.

For some reason it reminded me about this one time that my mom and I were crossing the border into the US on a car trip to Florida and the US Customs agent - a woman, by the way - took Pooh and tore him open on his back seam to check for drugs that my mother might be smuggling (for no apparent reason other than perhaps being by herself, driving a sports car, and being the original MLF - get where this is going?), right in front of my 3 year old eyes. I told Murphy about that and then she got real quiet and then had to go.

And even if my mom was into that - which she most certainly is not - she would never have sewn it in my favourite bear. She'd have gotten me to hoop it.

Friday, 15-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New Season, New Ink

Long time no post.

Anyway, I've had a tattoo on my arm for about 4 years that I loved, but needed more stuff. However, it took me that long to decide what that stuff was going to be. Was I going to get a little soft with the Lucky 13 (yes, it's my lucky number. That's right...) or was I going to go totally Vegas? Naturally, I decided to go totally Vegas and I'd like to thank the boys at T.C.B. Tattoo Parlour for the fine ink work and entertainment last Monday. Yeah, yeah, yeah, little girl, big tattoo. But go big or go home, I say.

Tuesday, 30-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Giant Underpants

They were just displayed like that. Trust me, I didn't touch them. You can't really tell from the photo, but they were absolutely huge.

Wednesday, 17-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Murphy runs a marathon

The Money Shot
Hey All,

First off, it's been a huge couple of months. Crazy, really. Work is insane and its not getting much better any time soon, but it's becoming handleable. Cowboy Junkie, I'm sorry I haven't dropped by for pie, I've been watching, I just haven't been visiting much. I'll take you up on that, and a shot of bourbon if you have it, real soon.

However, I have had one post in mind (one of several actually). This is Murphy finishing the Dublin Marathon. It's the money shot, and I'm so bloody proud of her, I'm about to have a smoke to celebrate.

Now, Murphy isn't so much my best friend as my hetrosexual same sex life partner. We talk, laugh and share far more than average friends. I couldn't talk about this on my blog for many months as she was doing this for her family as a suprise, and I ended up training with her until the nice weather hit and then beer and patio season started again. Sure, I was actually injured, I just had to make really sure I was healed. Anyway, Murphy managed the task of running 42K, or 26 miles, in a mere 9 months. It really was a case of going from zero to hero since there were, until the training, many smokes and hotboxes in the woodshop. However, never underestimate Murphy. She's a force.

The best part is we met a lot of cool and fun people along the way. No, wait, the best part is we can smoke in the woodshop again.

So Murphy, here's to you.


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