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My luck with football

Posted by mikedaum on September 10th, 2007

I’m still stinging from the crushing defeat of the Saints last Thursday night.  The lot of the Saints fan has never been carefree, to be sure, but things are still looking very positive.  Somehow I seem to be associated one way or another with football teams which have trouble winning.  The rally chant at every school I have attended was “That’s alright, that’s OK, you’re gonna work for us someday.”  Classist at least, but you have to cling to something.

Now I’m at UofT, pursuing the highest level degree I’ve yet attempted.  It seems somehow fitting that the accompanying football should be epically horrible.  So I can’t say I was surprised when I read that the Varsity Blues are closing in on the record for most lost games in a row.  I haven’t followed this as closely as I should have, but it seems that our 50–7 loss to the Ottawa Gee-Gees over the weekend was number 43 in a streak.  The record is 47 losses in a row, which will happen on October 13th!  What’s more is that by sheer coincidence that will also be the 6 year anniversary of the last time the Blues won a game.

Mark the date.

Better TTC survey

Posted by mikedaum on August 29th, 2007

In response to Toronto’s ludicrous budget shortfall, our illustrious mayor has requested that the TTC cut its budget down to the bone. The TTC commissioner – boy wonder Adam Giambrone – has determined that these cuts would require the TTC to reduce its coverage. The whole thing is a game of chicken which is being played upon the backs of the bent over poor of Toronto.

There was one fly in the ointment, however. Smart, left-leaning people from our past knew this day would come. To prevent against Toronto transit’s evisceration, they wrote into the TTC bylaws that any service reduction would have to be a result of public consultation.

Oops! So what now? Easy, Giambrone and co. trump up a sham questionnaire and conduct “public consultation” in several dark corners of the TTC system. Unfortunately, in addition to the low profile, the survey is vague, incomplete, and biased. I for one was unable to complete the survey: questions 4 and 5 did not have a response category which I could select without being VERY misleading and the web page would not let me submit without answering.

To the rescue is the Torontoist. They have reworked the original survey, providing expanded versions of the original questions as well as an in-depth second page of targeted questions. I was able to complete it quickly, and every question was answerable. By the end, I actually felt like I had a document which pretty well represented my feelings on the matter.

So please take the new survey. Please write the city demanding they use it. Please lets not see sustainable transportation in Toronto take such a miserable and unnecessary backwards slide.

Update: Yay!  BoingBoing’s picked this story up 

Heartwarming graffiti

Posted by mikedaum on August 17th, 2007

Saw this in the bathroom today.  Thought I’d share.

Why I’m gonna work at a coffee shop this afternoon

Posted by mikedaum on July 25th, 2007

Just found this in my inbox:

Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:44:54 -0400
Subject: URGENT POLICE ALERT
Hello all:

U of T police have just sent out a community alert about a highly dangerous
individual who is wandering around campus, possibly with a knife. The link
is attached below. Could you NOW please place this prominently around your
buildings AS WELL as on an appropriate place on the websites you manage.

It may be that you choose to simply have a link on your homepage for the
next period of your time, asking people to please take note of the alert
that is linked… We will advise you of any changes in this alert.

Heartwarming, really.

Garden Roses

Posted by mikedaum on June 14th, 2007

Well, it’s no suprise, but certainly spectacular.  Last night the first of the roses in Elena’s garden opened up.  We have blossoms on 4 plants so far:

The red rose bush by the front fence

The giant pink rose which climbs up the side of the house

The light pink bush by the house

Red roses woven into the fence by the front walkway

First Iris

Posted by mikedaum on June 1st, 2007

Elena’s first lily

The first Iris of Spring bloomed today in Elena’s garden in the front of our house. I took the opportunity to polish my flower porn skills. They definitely need some work (for example the kids’ toys in the background don’t add much), but they flower was truly beautiful.

OMG!! They buried my son!

Posted by mikedaum on June 1st, 2007

Yesterday at Wellesley Park Jake’s friend Eli seems to have buried him in the sand. Leaving only what Jake described as a “live ball” (his head I think). Eli’s Mom Janis caught it all on video thankfully, so even though I missed the action, I was able to appreciate the drama.

Jacob’s Spring Concert

Posted by mikedaum on May 17th, 2007

Jacob at the Spring Concert

Today was the day of the Spring Concert at Winchester PS, where Jacob goes to Junior Kindergarten!  We were treated to the musical stylings of each class in Jake’s school.  Jake’s class dressed as flowers and performed a spectacular rendition of “I’m a little teapot”.

Sophie was there to cheer her brother on.  She seemed to really enjoy the show and tried her best to play along with the different moves she saw going on onstage!

Sophie at the Spring Concert

Toronto Car vs. Bike

Posted by mikedaum on May 9th, 2007

This could have been me…any day of the week. ‘Nuff said.

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