Is this really a competition you want to win?

March 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm (Local, Rage, random) (, , , , , , , , , , )

“Ugh, I can’t believe she thought she was sicker than me. I am obviously the sick one.”

you threw up for 2 hours? Well I threw up for 9

…Is what I had to listen to on the 501 streetcar the other morning (my ipod was dead), and it isn’t the first time. I can understand that many people are competitive by nature, but it’s usually about achievements, contests, and personal goals, whatever. The part that makes me wonder about our sanity, is that natural human instinct to get competitive about anything and everything, even things we wouldn’t want at all.

Let’s take winter ailments for example. If one has a cough, the other has a cough and a sore throat, then wait, a third party jumps in with a cough, sore throat, and fever. Back to an update on patient #1, now both their legs are broken, on top of the cold. This just in, patient #2’s cough and dry throat are still lingering, legs broken, and oh my god, they’ve just burst into flames! Congrats to patient #2, taking the win with spontaneous combustion.

There can’t really be a desire to be more physically weak, or ill, than another person, can there? Technically wouldn’t this mean you’re in fact, the one losing? Then why do people still feel the need to outdo one another in these categories? I guess it’s not always about being the best or the healthiest, it seems to be just being more EXTREEMME, whether that’s a positive or a negative. It’s the need to “beat” somebody else at what they’re doing or even what their current ailment is.

So let’s calm down, shut the eff up, take our vitamins and always make sure the music device is fully charged before leaving the house.

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Hell No H1N1

October 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm (Local, media craziness, News, Toronto) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Did you know that the letters in H1N1 stand for Hell, and No?… Well they do. So..
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Will you be getting the H1N1 vaccine? Can they really make it mandatory? It feels like they are trying to force people using what else, scare tactics. It’s easy. When people are both scared, and in mass numbers, they’ll listen to whatever you tell them to do. Out of the 10,456 confirmed cases in Canada, 90-something have died. And just to put things in perspective.. The REGULAR flu kills 36,000 Americans every year, for reals yo. Nobody really panics about that, what’s up?

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pls pet me I am not contagious


Don’t bow down to the fear mongering. Swine flu is hardly different than the regular flu that nobody seems to be losing their shit over. The government probably wants those crazy H1N1 vaccine lineups to be insane so they can justify spending the insane amount of money. They want to pump everyone full of both fear and a sketchy new untested vaccine. EVEN THIS RANDOM DOCTOR SAYS SO

I think my good friend Maddox sums things up pretty nicely…
Read “I Hope I Get Swine Flu”

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Play Time

October 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Gigs, Good Things, kate, Local, Shameless Self Promotion, writing) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This past Sunday… My brain exploded.
A small group of playwrights and wannabe playwrights (hai that’s me), gathered together at the Alumnae Theatre on Friday for something called “Write Now” (get it?!)
A retired fireman named Gary Wignall sat us all down and gave us a talking to for about an hour. He was cool. He reminded of a New Yorker for some reason. He just had a genuine, experienced coolness vibe going on. He talked about the history of firefighting in Toronto starting from the 1800’s all the way up to now.
DID YOU KNOW: The Alumnae Theatre used to be a fire station in 190-something?
Here are some things I learned from Gary…
-People used to have buckets outside their house filled with water in case of fire and they were called the Bucket Brigade. Cute.
-Almost all of them were volunteer
-At one point they had no masks
-One time, a fire station caught fire (lolz) and all the firemen continued their meetings in a tavern across the street.
I was disappointed I didn’t hear anything about a pet Dalmation… Why were they firedogs in the first place? And how come you never see them today? Doesn’t anyone own Dalmations anymore? WTF where are all the Dalmations?

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how come you don't love me anymore


Anyway, we were given 48 hours to write a 10 minute play that could be inspired from any snippet, small or large, that Gary said. Anything at all that set off a creative spark. One thing he said was that if somebody had used up all their sick days, they could get other people to go in and work their hours. That was the starting point for my play.
I totally lucked out and got set up with a great director who totally got what I was trying to say. She hit the nail on the head, nail’d it! It’s crazy….CRAZY awesome to see something that spawned from your own random thought in your imagination and then have it come alive in front of your eyes like the Frankenstein monster by people who actually know what they’re doing. I was so excited I think part of my brain melted. The cast was also perfection. But more excitingly, one of them runs another little biz-nass called Jammin’ On The One, and he wants to stage it! It would be performed (SANS scripts in hand) Spring 2010. No jokes.
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Operation Radish Ambush: Part II

June 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm (crazy, Good Things, Local, Rage) (, , , , , , )

The ambush, has begun. If you haven’t heard the background, read Operation Radish Ambush Part I.

Senor Loco has been dutifully watering all the plants, but this time I didn’t even mind that I had to walk under the man-made waterfall which is a result of him facing the sprinkler directly at my door, because he was caring for radishes without even knowing he was doing it. Consider it paying his dues for consciously uprooting my previous radish plant.

The Rambush is upon us! Check out how they’re doing.

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Wait ’til the mint gets in there. It’s just the beginning!

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Police find body of missing York U student

June 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm (Local, News, Toronto) (, , , , , , , )

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Shane’s body was discovered over the weekend, read details below. I wish his amazing and brave family who were so nice to my friends and I, all the support. At least there is at least a little bit of closure now.

Police have confirmed a body they found in the water near Ontario Place Saturday evening is that of missing York University student Shane Fair.

An off-duty police officer found the body Saturday afternoon, only steps away from where Fair was last seen on May 16.

Fair, who was 19, disappeared two weeks ago after attending a formal dinner and dance at Atlantis Pavilion at Ontario Place to celebrate the end of the school year.

He failed to get on the last bus that would have taken him back to campus.

Since his disappearance, the search for him was the subject of much media attention. His family and friends held a number of unsuccessful search parties to find him and plastered the waterfront and hydro poles downtown with posters, hoping for his return.

They had also started a Facebook group with photos and information on the search.

Police expanded the search for Fair Wednesday with divers and officers on the ground searching the buildings at Ontario Place.

Fair’s distraught parents had offered a $12,000 reward for anyone with information that would have brought him home. They had organized another search party which was to be held Sunday but was called off once Fair’s body was identified.

Just last night, his friends had hoped that a new security video released by the Westin Harbour Castle showed Fair walking along Queen’s Quay W. the night he disappeared. They believed he may have tried walking to his mother’s house in The Beach.

Fair was a Canadian Forces reservist and was set to join the army full-time the week after he disappeared.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of his death.

Read the rest of this article here.

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Lighting the night

May 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm (Local, Toronto) (, , , , , , , , )

Luminaries
My mom will have her own luminary at this year’s Relay for Life
Luminaries are little bags with candles inside and messages on the front, they light the way for the overnight participants.
Go here to find a Relay for Life event in your community, or to make a donation.
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Update

May 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm (Local, Missing, News, Toronto, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

City News update.
Potentially disturbing new clue in the Shane Fair case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477, 222tips.com, or by texting TOR and your message to 274637.

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MISSING

May 25, 2009 at 3:51 pm (Local, News, Toronto) (, , , , , , , , )

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Shane Fair

This is serious, Shane went to high school with myself and friends at Danforth Tech, then onto York University. He was last seen on Friday May 15th at the Atlantis Pavillion in Toronto by Ontario Place. Friends and family gathered for an unsuccessful search on Sunday afternoon, but we did manage to cover the downtown core with posters.
You can get more information from the Facebook group for Shane, which has over 3,000 members and counting. If you have ANY information at all, even if you think it’s useless, please call the number above in the poster. Every little bit helps. In the meantime, keep your thoughts with his family, who is remaining very strong, and hopeful through all of this!

Shane at the Calumet Formal - May 15

Shane at the Calumet Formal - May 15

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T.O’s streetmeat just got more edible, maybe kinda

May 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm (Food, Local) (, , , , , , , )

a new "smartcart" by the Rogers Centre

No longer do Toronto’s meats from the streets consist solely of hot dogs, sausages and other surprises wrapped in mysteries. Talk of this has been going on for a long time, and they’ve finally arrived, deemed with the name “Smart Carts”, aw. They’re all over the popular spots of Toronto, like Nathan Philips Square, the Rogers Centre, The Annex, and Yonge and St. Clair. There’s chicken slouvaki, Greek salad, saffron rice with chicken and/or veggies and yogurt sauce, flat bread filled with more vegetables, yaiza. This is all well and good, but street salad? Just a little bit sketch although Toronto Public Heath has said A.O.K.

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I am definitely going to give this a try at some point, despite that all the food critics from the Toronto Star HATED IT. Maybe they need to try it intoxicated at 3 a.m because I know that’s when the old fashioned streetmeat tasted it’s very best. Even if it is gross, I still give the city an A for effort on this one, variety is always good and it’s most likely at least a little healthier than mystery sausage.

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Well deserved shout-outs

April 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm (Local, Music) (, , , )

I’m not that person who constantly tells everyone what trendy upcoming bands to put in their iPods, so the fact that I’m doing it now must mean Earthtone
is pretty f’in rad. And the frontman Kevin’s voice is an instrument in itself. Check these dreamboats out if you live in Toronto or the surrounding area like Mrs. Sausage or Hamilton (I just used those examples as an excuse to say mrs sausage…which is Mississauga, obviously)

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